Let's face it. Both of these teams played their way out of a shot at the Big Ten title this year.
With Northwestern's 3-3 conference record and Michigan State's 2-4, neither have a shot at winning their division.
For Northwestern, this game will amount to bragging rights and maybe a higher profile bowl game.
Michigan State, on the other hand, has to pick up a win here or the following week at Minnesota to even become bowl-eligible. My, how the times have changed in East Lansing.
Let's take a look at some of the details and implications this game could have.