A new study released Wednesday by Michigan State University and the University of Michigan shows that, in a four-team matchup, the Spartans’ offense will outscore the Wolverines defense by at least 14 points.
The Spartans have been a dominant offensive force since they joined the Big Ten in 2015 and have made a push for the conference title since that time.
Michigan State is expected to face off with the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.
In the past two seasons, Michigan State has finished third in the Big 10 in total offense and fourth in the conference in scoring.
The Spartans have scored at least 70 points in seven of their past eight games.
The study was released by Michigan’s Center for College Football Excellence, which is a joint effort of Michigan State, the University to Prevent Cancer and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
It was released ahead of Michigan’s Saturday home game against Wisconsin.
It shows that the Spartans offense has scored at a higher rate than the Wolverids defense in games played over the past four years.
The two teams will play a total of 45 total possessions and will be tested by a combined 11,716 total passing yards and 3,547 total yards passing on the way to an 81-68 win.
Michigan State’s offense is expected by most analysts to have a significant advantage heading into the game.
It has scored more than 80 points in nine of its past 10 games, including a record-setting 29-point outburst against Rutgers in November.
In recent years, the Michigan defense has been a strong performer, allowing only 41 points in its last five games.
Michigan’s defense, meanwhile, has allowed an average of just 31 points per game over the last four years, with the lone loss coming to the Spartans in the 2016 NCAA Division I title game.
Michigan has won three straight games and seven of its last eight to set up a potentially exciting showdown with the Wolverins.
The two teams have not faced each other since the 2003 season.
The game will mark the first time Michigan has faced Michigan State since 2007 when the Spartans hosted the Wolverages in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines are the first team in the nation to win four consecutive games in Annapolis.
Michigan will be without running back Saquon Barkley, who was limited by a hamstring injury during the Michigan-Ohio State game last week.
That game was the first game Barkley had missed in three years and came on the heels of a torn ACL suffered during the Ohio State-Michigan State game in March.
Michigan also will be missing defensive tackle Nick O’Leary, who is in his third season with the team.