Michigan State-Northwestern Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013
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No. 13 Michigan State (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (4-6, 0-6), 12 p.m. EST (ESPN)

Line: Michigan State by 7.

Series record: Michigan State leads, 36-17.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Michigan State is one win from its second Big Ten championship game in three seasons and two from the best conference record in school history. The Spartans are eyeing their first trip to the Rose Bowl in 26 years. They can clinch the division title if they win one of their next two games or if Minnesota loses. Northwestern is trying to keep its flickering bowl hopes alive and end a six-game slide, which matches its longest streak since 2006.

KEY MATCHUP

Northwestern offensive line vs. Michigan State defensive line. Michigan State leads the nation in total defense (228.4 yards per game) and is tops against the run (57.3 yards), which could make for a rough day for the Wildcats' offensive line.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan State: RB Jeremy Langford comes in with five straight 100-yard games and is closing in on 1,000 for the season with 926. He's averaging 4.7 yards per carry and leads the Big Ten with 13 rushing touchdowns.