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Free Press sports writers and columnists predict this weekend’s games involving Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Records: No. 24 MSU (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten); No. 8 OSU (8-1. 5-1).
When: Noon, Saturday.
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.
TV/radio: Fox, WJR-AM (760).
Line: Ohio State by 3½.
Ohio State 26, Michigan State 21: Here is something we haven’t said very often: Ohio State is in a rut after a 49-20 loss at Purdue and a near-disaster against Nebraska. I would pick MSU, if the Spartans had a more consistent offense. But Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be the difference.
Michigan State 23, Ohio State 17: The Spartans have a chance to be as healthy as they’ve been since the beginning of the year — if quarterback Brian Lewerke’s shoulder keeps improving, as he said it was last week.
Ohio State 24, Michigan State 20: The Spartans have yet to face a quarterback the caliber of Haskins, and he and his weapons at receiver get a late score to win and take advantage of a banged-up secondary with Josiah Scott still returning to full strength. MSU moves the ball on offense, but can’t finish in the final quarter.
Michigan at Rutgers
Records: No. 4 U-M (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten); RU (1-8, 0-6).
When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday.
Where: HighPoint.com Stadium; Piscataway, N.J.
TV/radio: BTN; WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
Line: Wolverines by 39.
Analysis: Michigan at Rutgers scouting report
Michigan 35, Rutgers 3: The Wolverines just need to get out of this game with Shea Patterson not taking any hits after backup QB Dylan McCaffrey suffered a broken collarbone. The Wolverines will keep the ball on the ground and try to keep the clock running to get this game over as soon as possible. Get in, get out, move on.
Michigan 52, Rutgers 3: Style points count from here on out, not that Rutgers affords the Wolverines a chance to get many style points. This team is rolling, and has no intention of letting up.
Michigan 45, Rutgers 7: Rutgers isn’t as bad as it was in 2016, though it’s not as good as it was a year ago. This is the worst team in the Big Ten in nearly every area. If Michigan’s focus is where it should be, this thing should be over in the third quarter.