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Game Thread: Michigan State at Penn State

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Michigan State at Penn State Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan State Spartans wrap up the regular season today against their “traditional” end of season rival the Penn State Nittany Lions. 2020 has graced us with a return of the Land Grant Trophy matchup after Jim Delaney’s God-forsaken abomination of forcing a home-and-home end of season series against Rutgers and then just the front end in East Lansing against Maryland before COVID cancelled that arrangement this season. If the Spartans could get the Big Ten to give us the Ohio State light treatment moving forward and scrap this stupid arrangement of Rutgers then Maryland from 2021-2023, that would be fantastic.

However, I digress. MSU has won two of its three games against the James Franklin led Nittany Lions in Beaver Stadium. I happened to be at both of those wins in 2014 and 2018 and enjoyed every second of one of them, and the last few seconds of the other. Penn State has had a rough start, but seems to have finally found their footing just in time to face Michigan State. The Spartans went back to a wildly inconsistent performance last weekend against a depleted, but still far superior Buckeyes squad. If MSU can win out and finish .500 with a helpful cross-division game, it would sure go a long way toward the offseason and maybe even get MSU a bowl game.

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