Michigan State Football: 3 most important games on 2020 schedule

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2. Iowa Hawkeyes

In another matchup that Michigan State will not be expected to win, the Spartans will march into Iowa City for a game against the Hawkeyes. Whether or not MSU takes home the W, this game will always provide plenty of entertainment to both fanbases. Both of these teams play a similar style of football and take us back to a more simple, hard-nosed style of the game.

Along with simply being entertained, the outcome of this game is a great indicator for how the each team’s season will go. In their last five matchups, the Spartans have won four times, accumulating at least 10 wins in each of those seasons. The sole loss came during the 2012 season, when Mark Dantonio’s team fell short to the Hawkeyes and finished the season 7-6.

I don’t like having to repeat this, but this Michigan State team will not be a 10-win caliber team. In an eight-game schedule, we’d be extremely lucky to squeeze a winning season out of this team. This will likely be the second leg of a two-game skid for the team in East Lansing, who may get some relief the following week.