Minnesota (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) at No. 11 Michigan State (10-1, 7-0), 11 a.m., Big Ten Network
Line: Michigan State by 14 ½.
Series record: Michigan State leads 28-17.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Michigan State has already wrapped up the Legends Division title, and the Spartans will play Ohio State in the conference championship game. Win that, and Michigan State will finally reach the Rose Bowl again after narrowly missing out in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Of course, the Spartans would still like to go to a prestigious bowl even if they lose the Big Ten title game — so they don't want a slip-up here against the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota RB David Cobb vs. Michigan State's top-ranked defense. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense. The only team that's been able to move the ball against them with consistent success lately was Nebraska, with its strong running game. Cobb has rushed for 1,010 yards this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Minnesota: QB Philip Nelson is coming off a 7-for-23 effort against Wisconsin, and the Gophers were held without an offensive touchdown in that game. The road isn't any easier this weekend. Minnesota was held to 96 yards of offense in a 26-10 loss to Michigan State last year.
Michigan State: It took Connor Cook a little while to settle in as the Spartans' starting QB, but in conference play he's completed 61 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. His best numbers have come against Illinois and Northwestern — two teams that are struggling — but he's avoided mistakes against pretty much everyone.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Minnesota has won eight games for the first time since the 2003 team went 10-3. . Michigan State is trying to finish unbeaten at home for a third time in four years. The Spartans also pulled it off in 2010 and 2011. . Minnesota's Marcus Jones has returned both a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns this season, the first player in school history to do that. . Michigan State's Mike Sadler has had 34 percent of his punts downed inside the 10-yard line.