Michigan State vs Indiana: After a week off, will No. 24 Michigan State be able go on the road and pick up a cover when it takes on Indiana this Saturday at 7:30PM ET?
The Indiana Nittany Lions look for their second road victory of the season to start 4-0 for the third time in the last five years. The Indiana Nittany Lions have won seven of their last nine road games. Trace McSorley is completing 51.7 percent of his passes for 603 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. KJ Hamler and Brandon Polk have combined for 248 receiving yards and four touchdowns while DeAndre Thompkins has four receptions. The Indiana Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 237.6 yards per contest, and Miles Sanders leads the way with 295 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 18 points and 324 yards per game. Jan Johnson leads the Indiana Nittany Lions with 18 tackles, Shareef Miller has three sacks and Amani Oruwariye has two interceptions.
The Michigan State Fighting Illini look to remain unbeaten at home to keep pace in the Big Ten West. The Michigan State Fighting Illini have lost five of their last seven home games. AJ Bush Jr. is completing 60 percent of his passes for 223 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bush and M.J. Rivers II have combined for two touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Ricky Smalling and Sam Mays have combined for 212 receiving yards on 16 receptions while Mike Dudek has four receptions. The Michigan State Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 243 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 251 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 21 points and 480 yards per game. Jake Hansen leads the Michigan State Fighting Illini with 26 tackles, Isaiah Gay has one sack and Del’Shawn Phillips
It might the been a rocky start, but the offense has been able to move the chains – converting 52% on third down tries – and the run defense has been tremendous in the short season. Arizona State only managed 44 yards on the ground, and while Utah State ran for three short scores, it finished with a mere 25 yards.
There’s no downfield passing game for the Spartans to worry about – IU just doesn’t get much in the way of yards after the catch – with the the Hoosiers more steady than sensational.
With the time off, MSU RB LJ Scott should be ready to roll. It’s been a rough start, but now he and the ground attack get to deal with a soft Indiana run defense that’s been the second-worst in the Big Ten so far.