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Detroit News predictions: Michigan State football vs. Nebraska


Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan State-Nebraska game at Spartan Stadium (7 p.m., FS1/760).

Matt Charboneau: Nebraska has been solid against the run this season, but let's be honest, the Cornhuskers haven't faced Kenneth Walker III and the MSU rushing attack, which is gaining more than 263 yards a game. Yes, it's remarkable, really, that we're talking about Michigan State's potent running game, but that's what it's been this year. And if the Spartans keep Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez from getting out of the pocket and making plays with his feet like they did last week against D'Eriq King at Miami, then they should remain unbeaten. Michigan State, 31-20

► Angelique S. Chengelis: The "they-haven’t-played-anybody" commentary is really stale and not useful for discussing the Spartans. They have gone on the road twice and won convincingly, and that’s significant and should not be discounted. Michigan State has terrific balance on offense, is ranked 14th nationally averaging 520 yards a game,  the line is playing well, and the Spartans are getting extremely effective performances from their skill players. There also is balance in MSU’s overall game as the defense is ranked 79th nationally yielding an average 381.3 yards. Nebraska has shown signs of life in recent weeks and quarterback Adrian Martinez can be a real threat, but will he be in the night game at Spartan Stadium? Just shook the Magic 8-Ball and it says, “Outlook not so good” for the Cornhuskers. Spartans roll to 4-0. Michigan State, 35-10

► John Niyo: Michigan State is brimming with confidence and looking remarkably balanced through three games. But despite the early alarm bells, Nebraska hasn’t quit on its coach. And if Adrian Martinez can create some big plays out of the pocket, this could be another fourth-quarter game for both teams. Michigan State, 28-24

► Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans aren’t big favorites, which is odd based on their 3-0 record and punishing style. Maybe Nebraska’s solid effort in a loss at Oklahoma turned some heads. Or maybe QB Adrian Martinez has been around long enough to develop a passing touch, in addition to his dangerous legs. It won’t matter if Michigan State’s offense remains balanced and avoids turnovers. RB Kenneth Walker will get a lot of attention, so QB Payton Thorne might be required to air it out, and with his talented receivers, no problem. Michigan State, 27-17