The Spartans have turned into a top 10 program at the moment under head coach Mark Dantonio and will come to Lincoln in early November.
Under the direction of head coach Jerry Kill, Minnesota seems to be a program on the rise in the Big Ten. A win over Nebraska two years in Minneapolis was considered a signature during the Kill era. Nebraska returns to Gopher land this season in mid-October.
So what game does Nebraska have a better chance at winning?
We asked our roundtable to examine the question.
Ralph Brown - A former Blackshirt All-American and NFL starter , Brown now lives in California and works for FOX Sports West. He makes it back to Lincoln often for games and still follows the team very closely, doing guest work in Lincoln from time-to-time.
Brandon Vogel - Vogel is the managing editor of Hail Varsity and has been with the magazine since its first season on the scene. He's spent more than a decade writing about sports and everything in between, from the Kentucky Derby to the television debut of Friday Night Lights, for such outlets as Fox Sports, MSN.com and CBS Sports.
Brett Edwards – A former college quarterback at Wayne State, Edwards is now the sports director of KLKN-TV Channel 8 ABC in Lincoln.
What game does Nebraska have a better chance at winning? Minnesota on the road or Michigan State at home?
Brown: “I’m going to go with Minnesota on the road. Michigan State is at the top of the conference right now. They are running things with Ohio State. Minnesota outcoached us the last two seasons. Coach Riley, with his staff, is not the type to get outcoached – we won’t see that happen many times if hardly ever moving forward.”
Vogel: “At Minnesota. If the Gophers don't beat Nebraska last year, and Minnesota was a 9.5-point underdog in that game, how much differently is their season viewed? Love the way the Gophers play, but they might be a tad overvalued right now. That and I have some questions about how efficient the offense can be in 2015. I have no such questions regarding Michigan State.”
Handley: “Minnesota on the road. I just don’t know what Minnesota is going to look like this year? When you have to replace a David Cobb and a Maxx Williams on the offensive side and some guys in the secondary, you just don’t know what they have. I like Mitch Liedner as a competitor, but I just don’t know if he’s a quarterback that’s going to beat you. When you look at Michigan State, they built themselves an identity, even without Pat Narduzzi as the defensive coordinator, they are a team that plays great defense. You have Connor Cook back, with his presence at quarterback, you have a team with a lot less question marks then Minnesota.”
Edwards: “That’s a good question. I’m going to say at Minnesota. Michigan State is a better team. Although Minnesota is starting to become a tough place to play, I don’t think they are going to be as good as they were last year.”