The Spartans will open Big Ten play with a night game at home against Nebraska. In 2013, MSU went on an unprecedented 9-0 in conference play. The 2014 season will prove difficult, if not impossible for Michigan State to remain undefeated in the Big Ten — having to open up against Nebraska, play Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back games, and traveling to Maryland and Penn State.
Nebraska’s rushing attack finished in the top 20 in 2013, and they will be lead by senior running back Ameer Abdullah. Coming off a disappointing 9-4 season last year, head coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers are looking to get back to another Big Ten Championship in 2014, so they will be hungry for an upset in East Lansing.
What the Spartans Need
After playing two consecutive cupcake games, Michigan State will need to adjust to playing against a Big Ten defense in this game. In order to secure a victory, Shilique Calhoun and the Spartan defensive line will need to shut down the run-game of Nebraska.
Whenever the Spartans take on Nebraska it is sure to be a great matchup. Expect a defensive battle, and for the team that makes fewer mistakes to come out with the victory. I would not be surprised to see a rematch of this game in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.
Bradley Allen is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.
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