Michigan State is coming off a respectable 2-game road trip and will run roughshod over Northwestern this afternoon in East Lansing.  Side with the Spartans minus the points.

The Spartans return home to East Lansing off a solid 2-game road trip that saw them destroy the Irish in South Bend and put up a valiant effort in Madison before succumbing to the Badgers by a 37-34 final count. Head coach Mark Dantonio has done a fabulous job with the talent left in the cupboard by the Smith regime, and has this team poised for a return to postseason play for the first time since 2003.

[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Now’s about the time the Spartans season would unknowingly get flushed down the toilet under the prior regime, but I don’t foresee that happening with the new coaching staffing charge. This program is in very good hands, and will only get better as the season progresses. However, one of the crowning points in the Smith regime came last season against these Northwestern Wildcats. They fought back from a 35-point deficit, and ultimately won by a 41-38 final count. It was their last win of the season, but one the program will most certainly remember.

That being said, the Spartans can name the score in this contest. Northwestern is a lousy team this year, and they don’t have the horses on either side of the ball to handle what MSU will throw at them.

Spartans QB Brian Hoyer has improved with every passing week -- 323 yards passing last week; six TD passes, only one interception the last two weeks -- and he should be able to pick apart the Wildcats' secondary due to the fact that they get absolutely zero pressure on opposing QBs. The same can’t be said for the amount of time Northwester QB C.J. Bacher will have. The Spartans' front seven has been fantastic thus far, and will no doubt get into the Wildcats backfield like they’ve done all season long (23 sacks). After they humiliate them defensively, they’ll barrage them with their ground attack and take it to what’s been a solid NW rush defense. They’ll run out of steam over the course of time, and MSU will run away and hide.

When its all said and done, the Spartans are going to improve both their SU and ATS marks, so you might as well make some money in the process and lay the chalk with the home team.

Free Pick: Michigan State -14½ (-110)