Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rutgers (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) at Michigan State (2-7, 0-6)

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rutgers (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) at Michigan State (2-7, 0-6)

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Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

When: Noon Today

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: WOR 710-AM

Series: Michigan State, 4-3. Last meeting: 2015, Michigan State, 31-24

Three keys

1. Seize the moment. Rutgers has played better since its back-to- back blowout losses to Ohio State and Michigan, but the Scarlet Knights haven't made the big plays necessary to win games. Michigan State has had similar problems in its seven-game slide, so perhaps Rutgers can take advantage of its downtrodden hosts in crunch time.

2. Win the special-teams battle. Coach Chris Ash was unhappy with his squad's play on special teams against Indiana. Punter Michael Cintron averaged only 33.9 yards gross on 10 punts.

3. Keep it close early. Though both teams have identical overall and conference records, the 14-point favorite Spartans are the ones with the pressure on them. …

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