We’ll be the first to admit Michigan State at Nebraska is an unconventional Game of The Week, with one team ranked 6th in the nation with a perfect 8-0 record and the other sunk to the bottom of the Big Ten division at a pitiful 3-6.
But Nebraska is grasping tightly to a 16-game winning streak at home against Michigan State. Though Nebraska may not seem like much of a threat, it’s safe to say the Cornhuskers have been looking forward to this game all season.
Last year, Michigan State beat Nebraska 27-22 at home in a game that came down to the final possession, though Nebraska finished last season 9-4 (5-3), which is leaps and bounds better than where they are currently sitting. They were also off a 5 game win streak and was ranked #19 last year when they met #10 Michigan State in East Lansing.
The Cornhuskers beat the Spartans 24-3 in 2011, which was the last time they defeated a top-ten team; the last time they beat an undefeated team at home was in 1999 against #5 Kansas State, 41-15.
If the Cornhuskers can stand a chance against the Spartans, they’ll have to do a much better job holding onto the ball than last week’s 5 turnovers against Purdue. Plus, Spartan quarterback Connor Cook is 31-3 as a starter and is just 2 touchdown passes away from breaking Kirk Cousins' – now quarterback for the Washington Redskins – college career record of 64 TD passes.
Other games on Sling TV this weekend: (All times Eastern)
Arkansas State at Appalachian State, 7:30pm, ESPNU
#20 Mississippi State at Missouri, 9pm, ESPN
Nevada at Fresno State, 10:30pm, ESPN2
#22 Temple at SMU, 8pm, ESPN2
UCF at Tulsa, 12pm, ESPNews
Vanderbilt at #10 Florida, 12pm, ESPN
Duke at North Carolina, 12pm, ESPN2
Georgia at Kentucky, 12pm, SEC Network
#9 Iowa at Indiana, 3:30pm, ESPN
Army at Air Force, 3:30pm, ESPNU
Cincinnati at #25 Houston, 3:30pm, ESPN2
Connecticut at Tulane, 4pm, ESPNews
Tennessee at South Carolina, 4pm, SEC Network
Navy at #13 Memphis, 7pm, ESPN2
Iowa State at #15 Oklahoma, 7pm, ESPNU
#7 Michigan State at Nebraska, 7pm, ESPN
#19 Texas A&M at Auburn, 7:30pm, SEC Network
California at Oregon, 10:30pm, ESPN2
Arizona at USC, 10:30pm, ESPN