I've been enjoying the work over at College Football News (CFN) for several years. They've just posted their preview of MSU's upcoming season:
One of the features of their write-up is to identify the key game of the season (it is at the bottom of their preview); in MSU's case, the key game is, as you might expect, U-M.
It is no big surprise that they feel that the key game for U-M this season is the game with MSU:
It turns out that they feel that the key game for Iowa in 2012 is the game with MSU:
And, wouldn't you know it, they feel that the key game for Nebraska this year is the game with...(drum roll).......MSU: