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Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State – Game Time, TV Schedule, Line, Predictions

A year ago, the Michigan State Spartans surprised all of us by running through their Big Ten schedule undefeated, knocking off Ohio State in the league title game, and taking home the Rose Bowl trophy after a victory over Stanford. This year, there are national championship aspirations in East Lansing.

But the Spartans can't get too far ahead of themselves - even though their first game is against an FCS-level opponent, it's a solid one - Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks won 11 games a year ago, so they're no pushover.

Date: Friday, August 29, 2014

Time: 7:30 PM EST

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Location: Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, MI)

Betting Line:Not Yet Available

Prediction: We're not going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Jacksonville State is going to win this game. Michigan State returns a productive offense and an elite defense and should be one of the best squads in the Big Ten. That being said, Jacksonville State is catching MSU at an interesting time.

Michigan State has the unfortunate task of heading to Eugene to take on No. 3 Oregon in its second game of the season. Could the Spartans be caught looking ahead? It's hard to see, given the fact that this is opening weekend, but you never know.

Bottom line? Michigan State is going to win this game. We'd be shocked if it was a complete blowout, however.