IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michigan State and Iowa both control their own fate in the Legends Division.
Only one team will be able to make that claim after today.
The 17th-ranked Spartans (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2) meet at Kinnick Stadium in a game that will shape the division race heading into the final two weeks. Iowa is 6-0 at home and comes off a victory against Michigan, while Michigan State is 1-2 on the road. The Spartans have dropped seven consecutive games at Kinnick, last winning here in 1989. Last year, Iowa ended Michigan State's perfect season, spanking the Spartans 37-6.
It'll be very interesting to see how Michigan State responds in what is becoming a pretty good rivalry in the Big Ten. These two programs share a lot of similarities, and they don't love one another.
Great atmosphere around the stadium today. Had my traditional breakfast at the Hamburg Inn, a must-visit for any Big Ten fan. So good. I also don't think I've ever seen so many people carrying their own beer up the hill toward Kinnick.
It'll be interesting to see whether Iowa's inconsistent defense can hold up for the second consecutive game, and whether Michigan State can spark its rushing attack to help senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw three interceptions in last year's contest. The Spartans' defense seemed to lack energy last week against Minnesota and will need a more spirited effort against Iowa's dangerous offense. Michigan State should get several key players back from injury this week, including linebacker Chris Norman (shoulder) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (concussion).
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