Michigan State Football: Game by game predictions for 2015 season

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Nov 29, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Kyle Carter (87) carries the ball first quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Coming back from a loss will be foreign territory for this year’s Spartans, but coming home to finish the season after arguably the most taxing Saturday of their season will be a welcome sight.

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Losing to Ohio State will prove to be tough on the Spartans’ emotions, but unfortunately for Penn State, Michigan State will need to take out all their anger and the Nittany Lions are the only team standing in the way.

Christian Hackenberg will prove to be the conference’s second-best quarterback all season long and everyone will be talking about the matchup between the two 3,000-yard passers for the season’s final contest. Cook will edge out Hackenberg, in terms of production, in this one and finish with 320 passing yards and two scores while Hackenberg adds 270 and one touchdown.

Michigan State will easily have the upper hand at running back and receiver, outside of DaeSean Hamilton, at this point of the season so the MSU offense will be clicking on all cylinders.

Penn State’s defense has been stellar for the past couple of years and that won’t change here, despite giving up tons of yards to the Spartan offense.

This game has the makings of a medium-scoring affair in the cold November weather in East Lansing with some possible snow flurries. It could get ugly and turnover-heavy at times, but the game will be as entertaining as some would hope.

Prediction: Penn State 24, Michigan State 33 (11-1) — New Year’s Six Bowl invite

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