While many will favor the Spartans to leave the field of Spartan Stadium with a victory, we have five questions for fans of the Green & White to consider before kickoff.
Can the Spartans turn the tables on the Hawkeyes?
This marks the 44th meeting between the two teams with the Hawkeyes leading the all-time series 22-19-2. Michigan State's 37-21 victory last season snapped a seven-game losing streak in Iowa City. Mark Dantonio is 2-3 against the Hawkeyes and a win on Saturday could be a sign the Spartans have turned the table against the Hawkeyes going forward.
Can the Spartans youth out play the Hawkeyes veterans?
When looking at starters for both programs you can quickly see the Hawkeyes have experience with nine seniors, eight juniors and five sophomores. The Spartans counter with five seniors, 11 juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
Can the Spartans defense contain running back Mark Weisman?
Weisman enters the game with 515 yards on only 74 carries and seven touchdowns. Much like the Spartans, Iowa looks to control time of possession with Weisman playing a major role in doing so.
Can the Spartans defense force quarterback James Vandenberg into making mistakes?
Iowa has given up six sacks on the season and Vandenberg has thrown two interceptions. Pat Narduzzi needs to dial up enough pressure to force the Hawkeyes offense into mistakes for the Spartans to earn their first divisional victory of the season.
Can the Spartans offense finally click on all cylinders?
Last week the Spartans found just enough offense to pull off the victory. Now they must look for the offense to take the steps needed and play four quarters of solid football on the offensive side of the ball. If Le'Veon Bell, Andrew Maxwell and the Spartans receivers can all add to the offense this game should wind up as a homecoming victory.