The Michigan State Spartans (8-3, 6-2), led by QB Brian Lewerke and RB L.J. Scott, visit the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-7, 3-5) at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway on Sunday, November 25, 2017.
Coach Mark Dantonio’s team can’t go to the Big Ten Championship Game, but could claim a share of the East Division title with some help. Rutgers coach Chris Ash will need DT Sebastian Joseph, and RBs Gus Edwards and Robert Martin to end their careers on a Senior Day high note if an upset is in the cards.
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Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Michigan State Spartans at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway
Kickoff: 4 p.m. Eastern
Announcers: Brian Custer (play-by-play), Ben Leber (analyst) and Jen Hale (sideline)
Radio: WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, WENJ 97.3-FM, WNJE 920-AM
Announcers: Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Ray Lucas (analyst), Eric LeGrand (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 112, XM 203 (home team broadcast)
Livestream: FOX Sports GO
Line: Michigan State -14
“They’ve been the model of consistency in this league for a long, long time,” Ash said of Michigan State, which has proved its three-win season in 2016 was a complete aberration.
Dantonio described Ash as “an excellent coach (who) has a plan.” As proven this year, that plan looks a lot like Michigan State’s blueprint — run the ball, play good defense and win the special teams battle.
Another similarity? Both coaches stressed the importance of seizing momentum in the regular-season finale.
“One of the main things we keep talking about is momentum, continuing to keep momentum as we go into the bowl game and, relative to how the season has gone this year, to finish (on an upward trajectory) rather than (regressing) is very, very important,” Dantonio told MLive.com. “Keep the shine on this football season, and we’ll continue to try and do that.”
Rutgers isn’t going to a bowl, but a season-ending three-game losing streak could take some of the luster off a much-improved season.
“Any time you can play your last game and it’s a positive feeling,” Ash said, “you’ve played your best football going into off-season workouts and everything, it’s a momentum boost. It’s an attitude boost. It excites people for the future.”