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Michigan State Football: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014

Michigan State Football: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014

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Michigan State probably has the most anticipated 2014 season of any Big 10 team, all because of an unforeseen blossoming last season that led to a conference championship and Rose Bowl win. So let's look ahead to the 5 must-watch games on the Spartans' schedule this season.

5. @ Indiana (Oct. 18)

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5. @ Indiana (Oct. 18)

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If Indiana can run its offense to the usual standard, it will come down to Michigan State's ability to get in and win a shootout, something we didn't even have the chance to see last season.

4. @ Oregon (Sept. 6)

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4. @ Oregon (Sept. 6)

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This will only be the second game of the season for the Spartans, so I wouldn't be overly concerned with a bad performance. However, this is bound to be an exciting one with Oregon's offense clashing against Michigan State's defense.

3. vs Michigan (Oct. 25)

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3. vs Michigan (Oct. 25)

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Projecting Michigan's 2014 season is a matter of throwing darts in a blacked out room. The Wolverines are thirsty for a win against in-state rival Michigan State.

2. @ Penn State (Nov. 29)

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2. @ Penn State (Nov. 29)

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This is Michigan State's last game of the regular season, and when we finally do get to this point, I'm not sure we'll be able to request a better ending. It's very possible both teams will be alive in the East Division race on the final weekend.

1. vs Ohio State (Nov. 8)

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1. vs Ohio State (Nov. 8)

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There's a lot to look forward to here. You have a rematch of last year's Big 10 Championship game, a battle of extreme strengths and a possible chance to get ahead in the East Division.