Nebraska at Michigan State
We all know this is a loaded Saturday of college football, and this game is one reason why. One big reason why.
You will see the two of the Big Ten’s very best offensive skill position players in Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. They’re both good, but Abdullah gives every appearance of being something special. I’ve long held that nobody wins in this conference without playmakers on both sides of the ball, and both teams have defensive standouts as well. So it’s a matter of which matchup you like more: Nebraska’s passing game against Michigan State’s secondary, or Michigan State’s aerial attack against Nebraska’s pass defense.
That’s a really hard matchup to break down. Nebraska has better receivers but a more error-prone quarterback, and Michigan State has superior defensive backs. The other way around, it’s a push. Overall I like Sparty better in this game. Nebraska’s best hope is for Ameer Abdullah to go berserk against a Michigan State front seven that seldom lets any back have a good day — but Abdullah is the sort of talent who could make that happen.
Still, both teams will be amped, and it’s been a long time since a Mark Dantonio team failed to show up for a big game.
Pick: Michigan State 28, Nebraska 24