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Michigan State vs. Minnesota 2012: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

The Spartans need to win their last Big Ten game to become bowl eligible.

Gregory Shamus

The Michigan State Spartans (5-6, 2-5) take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-5, 2-5) on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.

Michigan State will try to finish their Big Ten regular-season schedule in strong fashion, needing a win to even their season record at 6-6 and earn a bowl bid. The Spartans need the win to become bowl eligible after suffering a pair of tough losses in the past two weeks.

Legends Division leader Nebraska beat Michigan State two weeks ago, 28-24, and then Northwestern kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to give the Wildcats a 23-20 win last week. The loss was Michigan State's fourth in their last five games.

Minnesota is already bowl eligible thanks to a favorable non-conference schedule that had the Gophers 4-0 to start the season. The Gophers were only able to beat Purdue and Illinois in conference play, matching Michigan State's 2-5 conference record.

Michigan State is favored by eight points.

The game is scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.