Minnesota vs. Michigan State Keys to the Game and Predictions

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Minnesota vs. Michigan State Keys to the Game and Predictions
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Hey Spartan fans, welcome back to another edition of my keys to the game for this Saturday. Hopefully you all forgot about last week's embarrassment lost to Big Red, because Michigan State is going to need all the positive energy they can get to finish out this season.

After Michigan State went 3-1 to kick off the Big Ten schedule, the Spartans find themselves with a shot to make it to the conference title game. Sure, they could use a couple of losses from Nebraska and Michigan, but they also need to close out this season.

Their next four opponents probably won't keep Mark Dantonio up at night, but that doesn't mean they can look past these teams.

Minnesota comes to East Lansing fresh off of a comeback victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes, winning the ball game 22-21. It's only their second win of the season, but maybe they are finally clicking on all cylinders, who knows.

All that we do know is that the Spartans and Golden Gophers have some business to take care of Saturday. Michigan State is looking to have a chance to go to Pasadena, Minnesota is looking to keep them from going there.

The odds favor Michigan State heavily, but if both teams follow these three keys to the game, we could be watching a barn burner in Spartan Stadium.

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