Michigan State still needs one victory to become bowl eligible.
To do that Saturday, the Spartans will have to battle an emotionally charged Purdue team on Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Michigan State (5-5) is 1-3 on the road this season.
But the Spartans may have gotten some momentum with a 49-14 victory last week, though it was against non-conference opponent Western Michigan.
Sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins' performance in that game (353 yards, two touchdowns) is one reason he should be considered for first-team All-Big Ten honors, the Lansing State Journal said. Cousins leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency.
Cousins has helped lead the offense to an average of 30.1 points per game, and Larry Caper is the team's leading rusher (375 yards, six touchdowns).