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Three matchups to watch: Northwestern vs. Michigan State

While Michigan State heads into this week’s contest as a heavy Vegas favorite, Northwestern has had Sparty’s number over recent years. Here are the matchups that will have a big impact in determining whether the Wildcats maintain their win streak.

Northwestern’s run game vs. the MSU defense

Michigan State enters this game with one of the best run defenses in the nation, in addition to an elite all-around group on that side of the ball. The Spartans have conceded only 23.3 yards per game on the ground through three games, a stunning number, in addition to just a single touchdown.