Michigan St-Indiana Preview Capsule
No. 24 Michigan State (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (3-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
Line: Michigan State by 4.
Series record: Michigan State leads 47-15-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Spartans have not looked like the highly ranked team they were expected to be through two games and a road win certainly would help the cause. Indiana has played well out of the gate but only has one 4-0 start since 1991. Reclaiming the Old Brass Spittoon would go a long way to putting the Hoosiers in the Big Ten East conversation.
Michigan State’s run defense vs. Indiana RB Stevie Scott. Through two games, the Spartans have yielded an FBS-low 34.5 yards rushing per game. This week, they face Scott, a 235-pound freshman who plowed through Virginia for 204 yards and 114 against a Ball State defense that held Notre Dame in check.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michigan State: QB Brian Lewerke. He’s ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in yards passing (300.5 per game) and total offense (310.0 per game). He’s completed 69 percent of his throws and now faces the league’s No. 1 pass defense.
Indiana: Scott. Since losing their top two runners before the second game, Scott has been impressive. His 129.3 yards per game are tied for No. 8 in the FBS, and he won the conference’s top freshman award each of the past two weeks.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Spartans are 8-1 in this series under coach Mark Dantonio’s tenure. … Indiana is one of five unbeaten teams in the Big Ten. … Michigan State has been ranked 13 consecutive weeks and will play its third consecutive regular-season night game, a first in school history. … Indiana’s J-Shun Harris has scored three touchdowns on punt returns since the start of the 2017 season, second in the FBS. … Lewerke topped the 300-yard mark and WR Cody White topped the 100-yard mark in Michigan State’s most recent game, a loss at Arizona State two weeks ago. … The Hoosiers are allowing just 135.3 yards passing and are second in pass efficiency defense (102.5).