EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For Rutgers, this scenario is a disappointment.
For Michigan State, it was unimaginable.
The Scarlet Knights and Spartans will meet in East Lansing on Saturday in a matchup between the only two winless teams in Big Ten play. Michigan State, which went to the national semifinals last season, has lost seven games in a row - yet is still favored by about two touchdowns. That's how badly this season has gone for Rutgers.
Chris Ash, in his first season as coach at Rutgers, was somewhat dismissive of the idea that the two teams are that similar.
"We're in year one, and they're in year whatever," Ash said. "They're a team that just came off a national playoff. We're not. So it is completely different from that standpoint. If you want to look at just this year and some of the close games, yeah, you could probably say there are similarities."
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said recently he had "a town hall meeting" with each position group to take stock of things. The Spartans (2-7, 0-6) haven't won since what seemed like an encouraging victory at Notre Dame in September. >> Read more
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