Michigan State has lost seven games in a row. Rutgers has dropped six straight. Somebody’s losing streak is going to come to an end Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
The teams enter the game with identical 2-7 records overall and 0-6 marks in the Big Ten. Michigan State is coming off a 31-27 loss at Illinois, while Rutgers fell at home against Indiana, 33-27. Neither team has won since Sept. 17 although they’ve each been in close games and had their opportunities to win.
Michigan native Giovanni Rescigno will make his third career start for Rutgers, while Michigan State will have a game-time decision on whether to start senior Tyler O’Connor or junior Damion Terry. O’Connor left last week’s game in the fourth quarter with an apparent head/neck injury. Terry replaced him and nearly led the Spartans to a comeback victory.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Week 11 matchup:
Michigan State vs Rutgers details
Time: 12 p.m. (ET) kickoff
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.
Weather: High of 50, sunny, 10 percent chance of rain.
The line: Michigan State is favored by 14 points
What TV channel is Michigan State vs. Rutgers on?
The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Michigan State vs. Rutgers online?
The game can be watched online on BTN2Go
How can I listen to Michigan State vs. Rutgers on radio?
The game can be heard over the 39-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. You can also follow along on the Landof10.com Live Blog.
Who is calling the game?
Cory Provus will provide play-by-play for BTN with analyst Glen Mason and sideline reporter Allison Hayes. The Spartan Sports Network will be led by George Blaha on play-by-play, with analyst Jason Strayhorn and sideline reporter Keith Nichol.
Michigan State vs. Rutgers keys to the game
Michigan State is leaving a lot of points on the field. The Spartans are doing well enough to get to the red zone but aren’t capitalizing on those chances. They’ve had 31 red-zone possessions this season but have scored on just 18 of those drives. The Spartans have failed to get any points eight times. It has cost them in the last two games against Michigan and Illinois, when they’ve had 13 drives in the red zone. They scored just five touchdowns, settled for three field goals and five times came away with nothing.
Win the line of scrimmage
That didn’t happen last week at Illinois. Offensively, the run game was stymied until the fourth quarter and quarterbacks Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry were constantly being forced out of the pocket to make throws. Defensively, Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. felt little pressure and running back Kendrick Foster needed just 17 carries to rush for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Cut down penalties
Michigan State committed double-digit penalties for the third time this season last week. The Spartans were flagged 10 times for 89 yards but more damaging was the timing of many of those penalties. Holding and false start penalties stalled drives in scoring position, while the only two defensive penalties were a pair of pass interference calls on Illinois’ final drive. The Spartans are last in the Big Ten in penalties. They need to clean up their act.
Kevin Goheen covers Michigan State for Landof10.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CincyGoGo