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Gameday Info: Michigan State looks to end losing streak against Illini

November 8, 2019
<p>Junior linebacker Antjuan Simmons (34) celebrates during the game against Penn State on Oct. 26, 2019 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans fell to the Nittany Lions, 28-7.</p>

Junior linebacker Antjuan Simmons (34) celebrates during the game against Penn State on Oct. 26, 2019 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans fell to the Nittany Lions, 28-7.

Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

It's been a while since Michigan State has won a football game — over a month to be exact. The Spartans defeated Indiana 40-31 back on Sept. 28 to move to 4-1 on the year. Since then, Michigan State has scored two touchdowns, lost three games against ranked opponents and is now fighting for bowl eligibility to end the season. That goal begins on Saturday when the Spartans host a surprisingly hot Illinois football team that, with a win, becomes bowl eligible for the first time since 2014.

Who: Michigan State vs Illinois

When: 3:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Spartan Stadium 

Weather: Estimated 41 degrees at kickoff, according to Weather Underground

TV: Fox Sports 1 

Radio: Spartan Sports Network: (WJR-AM 760 in Detroit, WWMQ-FM 94.9 in Lansing. Full local listings here).

Spread: -14.5 Michigan State, O/U 46 

Michigan State players to watch: QB Brian Lewerke, RB Elijah Collins, LB Noah Harvey

Illinois players to watch: QB Brandon Peters, WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, LB Dele Harding

Storylines: 

As Michigan State's roster shrinks, opportunities for rookies grow

'This is a playoff game': Lovie Smith says Illinois puts extra emphasis on upcoming matchup against MSU

Spartans stay focused despite rough stretch

Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie declared ineligible by Big Ten for failed drug test

Prediction: 

Justin Frommer: 20-10, Michigan State

Amanda Poole: 21-17, Illinois

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