Northwestern Wildcats Vs. Michigan State Spartans: Wildcats Look For 5th Straight Win

Northwestern hosts Michigan State on Senior Day.

The Northwestern Wildcats (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) and Michigan State Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) close out their regular season slates on Saturday in Evanston, and the Wildcats will be trying for their fifth straight win. A win would give Northwestern seven on the year and assure a winning season. Michigan State has already clinched the Legends Division and will appear in the Big Ten championship game no matter the outcome, which could be a recipe for a let down from the Spartans.

These two teams look similar at the offensive end, as both average around 30 points per game, but Michigan State boasts a significant edge at the defensive end. The Spartans defense is giving up 257.3 yards per game in 2011, which is tops in the Big Ten. Northwestern's defense, meanwhile, is allowing 412.3 yards per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Wildcats defense has played well over the the last two weeks, though.

Michigan State opened as seven-point favorites.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of these teams, visit SB Nation's Northwestern blog, Sippin' On Purple, and SB Nation's Michigan State blog, The Only Colors. For more from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.