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TOC Staff Picks: Indiana vs. Michigan State

MSU is coming off of a blowout loss, while Indiana is fresh off a win over Michigan. See what our writers have to say about the game

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After a blowout loss to Iowa last week, the Michigan State Spartans are in need of a rebound performance at home against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Michigan State is currently the underdog, with the Hoosiers sitting as a touchdown favorite. Can the Spartans pull off an upset against the highly rated Hoosiers? See what our writers have to say.

David Harns

Indiana 44, Michigan State 20

I‘ve gotten every pick wrong so far this season, so let’s try this: Indiana 44, MSU 20.

Paul Fanson

Indiana 38, Michigan State 24

My head (and computer) both say that Indiana is going to get the win here, but if you want a dose of #optimism here it is: history strongly favors the Spartans in this matchup. MSU has only lost to the Hoosiers seven times in the past 50 years and is 12-5 against the spread vs. Indiana this century. The last time MSU was an underdog to IU (in 2002), the Spartan won in Bloomington by 35 points. If nothing else, the 10th-ranked Hoosiers need to prove that they can handle success. This is just how 2020 is going to go folks. I am going to pick against MSU and then explain why I am wrong.

Ryan O’Bleness

Indiana 31, Michigan State 24

I think we’re going to see Michigan State come and look much more competitive this week after last week’s poor showing, but ultimately fall short against a more talented Indiana team. The Hoosiers are undefeated for a reason and Michael Penix Jr. could very well carve up Michigan State’s young secondary until it settles down and eventually starts getting some stops. With that said, I think we see a much better outing from Rocky Lombardi and the offense this time around, but in a back and forth game, the Hoosiers outlast the Spartans. The question for Indiana is, will it live up to the pressure of a top-10 billing for the first time in a long time, or will the underdog Spartans steal another win? We shall see.

Zach Manning

Indiana, 34, Michigan State 17

Indiana is playing well and MSU doesn’t have enough pieces to get the win this week. I think Penix has a nice day against the MSU defense and the Spartans struggle to find consistency on offense, as it has all year. Indiana is just too good for MSU right now.

Kyle Thele

Indiana 35, Michigan State 24

I‘ve been dramatically wrong literally every week. So here’s to that trend continuing! Indiana appears to have filled the void left by Michigan State. They are, like, actually good. And not just “Indiana is going to be really good this year” that comes every basketball season. I’m hoping to see a bounce-back from the offense, and the Indiana defense is not afraid to let the other team score. I think Indiana will win this game, but MSU will have an improved showing.

Kevin Knight

Indiana 38, Michigan State 24

Continuing to show totally opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of quality of play, MSU shakes off the lingering hangover from the Michigan win it took to Iowa and plays focused and improved this week. Unfortunately, the Spartans face a far superior Hoosiers squad than what they faced in Ann Arbor and it falls far short on the scoreboard. Indiana and quarterback Michael Penix prove too much and rout the Spartans after a competitive first half. Or because I won’t be able to watch this game, MSU wins and proves me wrong and angry to having other obligations Saturday.

Matt Sheehan

Indiana 32, Michigan State 29 (OT)

Indiana is good this year. MSU is not good, but has SPICE potential in every game. I think they get a little spicy this game and bounce back from a game they could not have played any worse in. However, I don’t think it’ll be just enough as Michael Penix keeps the Hoosier magic going late in the game. Spartans cover, Hoosiers win.

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