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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Game day at Spartan Stadium

By Brian Bennett

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- It's windy and a bit chilly at Spartan Stadium, but the sun has poked through the clouds and should stick around for kickoff of this key Legends Division matchup.

The buzz in this rivalry is palpable. Michigan State students were in their seats nearly two hours before the scheduled start, and they lustily booed Michigan's kickers during warm-ups. They cheered when the Spartans entered the stadium for their pregame walk, as most of the players were already wearing their bronze helmets that will be part of today's special uniforms.

The wind -- with predicted gusts as high as 45 mph -- could play a major factor in the kicking and passing games. The wind is coming in over the west side of the stadium and will likely cause swirls on the field and the end zones.

As far as injury updates go, Michigan State will welcome back receiver Bennie Fowler from a foot problem. Defensive lineman Tyler Hoover is still out. Michigan guard Ricky Barnum is dressed and may play but isn't expected to start as he recovers from an ankle injury. Michael Schofield will continue to start in Barnum's place.