Michigan State Football: Updated game-by-game predictions for 2020

Xavier Henderson, Michigan State football (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Michael Penix Jr. is back for Indiana and the Hoosiers could be one of the surprise teams in the Big Ten this season. Tom Allen has turned the program around and that should continue in 2020.

Stevie Scott is back at running back and Whop Philyor, Peyton Hendershot and Ty Fryfogle are back to help the passing game as all three had over 600 yards receiving last year. The offense should be much better than 43rd in the nation next year with all the key pieces returning.

The defense ranked 36th a year ago and it returns nine starters. This could be a solid unit once again and we may finally see the Hoosiers overtake the Spartans in the Big Ten East.

Final Score: Indiana 24, Michigan State 20 (3-6)

The season finale is mostly for pride at this point with a bowl game out of the question. Nebraska is a beatable team in Lincoln with limited fans or none at all and this could be the perfect scenario for the Spartans. If they can beat the Cornhuskers, that could go a long way for 2021 momentum.

Adrian Martinez is back in Scott Frost’s third season after a disappointing 2019 campaign and he’ll have some of his top weapons back.

Nebraska’s defense is nothing to write home about, though, and this one should go down to the wire.

Final Score: Michigan State 28, Nebraska 30 (3-7)

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