The running joke during Michigan State's 48-3 loss at Ohio State last weekend was that it was too nice a day for the Spartans. Michigan State's two biggest victories of the season _ against Michigan and Penn State _ came in games that were affected by bad weather.

The 22nd-ranked Spartans should be in their element today against Maryland. It was raining before the game and by early in the second quarter, swirling snow was falling in East Lansing.

Michigan State leads the Terrapins 14-0.