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Saturday, Nov. 5, the Michigan State Spartans take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The game, to be played at Memorial Stadium in Champagne, IL, is slated for a 12:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN News. Read on for our Michigan State vs. Illinois preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Michigan State wins the matchup between the two teams 59.1% of the time. The spread, via Vegas Insider, has the Spartans favored as well.
Spread: Michigan State -9.5
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Channel: ESPN News
Michigan State vs. Illinois preview:
The Spartans (2-6) enter the contest losers of six straight games. Michigan State fell to Michigan last weekend by the score of 32-23. Illinois (2-6) has lost two straight games with its last loss coming this past Saturday against Minnesota 40-17.
Illinois gave up just 283 yards to Minnesota, but only managed 245 yards themselves to go along with three turnovers. Quarterback Jeff George Jr. was 16-for-34 through the air against the Gophers throwing for 156 yards and one touchdown.
Michigan State put up a fight against the unbeaten Wolverines last week putting up 401 total yards of offense including 217 yards on the ground. L.J. Scott led the way for the Spartans as he rushed for 139 yards and one score on 22 carries.
Michigan State and Illinois last played in 2013 as the Spartans knocked off the Fighting Illini 42-3.
Michigan State vs. Illinois Prediction:
Michigan State's talent outweighs Illinois, but it is a road contest for the Spartans. With that being said, Illinois' lone home win this season came to Marquette in the first game of the season.
The Spartans hold the edge thanks to their rushing attack which will be going up against the 87th ranked run defense in the country. Illinois is allowing 194 rushing yards per game while the Spartans are averaging 164 yards on the ground per contest.
Illinois could pull off the win if it can move the football, but it hasn't done that all season as the Fighting Illini rank 121st in the country with 331 yards per game.
Michigan State wins a close one.
Michigan State 21, Illinois 20