MSU vs. Nebraska Prediction: Spartans look to sustain success against Cornhuskers

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September 24, 2021 8:02 am ET

Michigan State football under the lights at Spartan Stadium — does it get much better than that?

Michigan State will return to East Lansing this weekend for only their second home game of the year. This time it’s against Big Ten foe Nebraska.

Michigan State enters the matchup a perfect 3-0 and looking to build off last week’s upset win over Miami (FL). Nebraska is 2-2 on the season but has looked much improved in the past few weeks and will pose a challenge to the Spartans on Saturday.

Can Michigan State sustain success in a game they’re expected to win vs. Nebraska? Let’s see what the Spartans Wire staff thinks in our weekly predictions.

Andrew Brewster

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Prediction: MSU – 35, Nebraska – 10

Mel Tucker and his Spartans have earned respect, and thus they have earned a strong prediction here that they will handle business at home.

Cory Linsner

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Prediction: MSU – 31, Nebraska – 24

Michigan State has earned the respect they deserve, but now it is time to see how they can handle success and how they can build off of it. This has trap game written all over it, but there’s something about Mel Tucker that makes me feel like this team will never get caught off guard. MSU’s defense still scares the daylights out of me, and Nebraska’s defense is actually pretty good, but I feel MSU will have just enough to pull this one out.

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Robert Bondy

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Prediction: MSU – 27, Nebraska – 24

This matchup scares me — and not because I think Nebraska is particularly a great team but because we haven’t seen the Spartans as the hunted yet this year. After last week’s win at Miami (FL), the tables have turned and the Spartans are now playing as a favorite vs. being an underdog. How do the Spartans handle that kind of success and newly added pressure? I believe they’ll make just enough plays to get by the pesky Cornhuskers to remain unbeaten.

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