Michigan State Football: 7 wins in a 10-game schedule within reach

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Five scheduled games are should-win matchups

This team has a lot of question marks, and after watching the past couple of seasons, we can’t be confident with as many games as usually.

For that reason, the only games that I feel completely, 100 percent confident about Michigan State winning are Northwestern, Maryland and Rutgers. I’m actually confused as to why some people think can’t even win three games total, especially when you see those names on the schedule. I don’t think anybody would disagree with me, so that’ll put us at three wins.

Then, you move onto the next category. This will include games that MSU should win, but could definitely lose. This category was made smaller thanks to the new 10-game schedule, so it only includes Indiana as of right now. For the sake of having 10 conference games on the schedule, we’ll throw in Nebraska as the 10th. A lot of people think that Indiana isn’t a guaranteed win, but Michigan State has won nine of the last 10 matchups, with the only defeat coming during the 3-9 season. I’m extremely confident about MSU’s chances here.

Nebraska, on the other hand, makes me a bit nervous. They’re clearly not a better team, but they picked off a superior Spartan squad in the past two matchups. Most recently, in the most boring game I’ve ever watched, they beat MSU in a thrilling 9-6 photo finish. I think if Nebraska was on the schedule, it would be a game that should be chalked up as a win. Much like the streak of losses against Northwestern in recent years, this has to come to an end at some point.

Overall, this likely puts MSU at five wins, possibly four if the Spartans don’t get the offense together next season.

If you don’t see the Spartans with at least four wins to this point in the story, ask yourself this: Michigan State has had a rough couple of seasons, but when did they become worse than the teams listed above?