College Football
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Indiana at Michigan State
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan

No. 19 Michigan State returns home Saturday looking to build on a pair of big road wins when it faces an Indiana squad still looking for its first victory in Big Ten play. The Spartans have won three straight, including triumphs at Michigan and Minnesota the last two weeks, while the Hoosiers are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Wolverines and face their fourth straight nationally ranked conference foe.

Michigan State's running game got a big boost last week with the re-emergence of junior LJ Scott, who recorded career highs in carries (25) and rushing yards (194) after sitting out the previous game with an undisclosed injury. Scott, though, was arrested Wednesday for driving with a suspended license -- the seventh time he has faced that or a similar charge, but coach Mark Dantonio said Scott will play Saturday. The Spartans also are powered by one of the top defenses in the country, ranking in the nation’s top 10 in total defense (fifth, 263.8 yards per game) and rushing defense (eighth, 93.3). Indiana’s offense has been solid, with redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey (815 passing yards, seven touchdowns) set for his third career start under center.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET. ABC. LINE: Michigan State -7

ABOUT INDIANA (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten): The feeling around the Hoosiers these days is one of confidence - despite the overtime loss to Michigan - because of the presence of Ramsey in the lineup. Indiana was down 10 points with less than four minutes to play against the Wolverines' vaunted defense, but Ramsey was able to lead them to overtime and nearly a victory, even with a knee brace he had to put on in the second quarter after being injured. While senior Richard Lagow provides experience, as he led Indiana to a win over Michigan State last season, many around the program believe Ramsey provides the intangibles that can guide a good team to greatness.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (5-1, 3-0): Even though Indiana has played very good pass defense the last two weeks, quarterback Brian Lewerke likely will be happy to see the Hoosiers because it will mean playing in some better weather. Lewerke hasn't been able to get into a groove over the last two weeks, throwing for a total of 214 yards, and Michigan State has kept the ball on the ground because of rainy conditions in both Ann Arbor and Minneapolis. But Lewerke has a plethora of receivers from which to choose and is itching to throw the ball more, and the Spartans' coaches likely will try to open it up to keep Indiana from stacking the line against the run.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Indiana S Chase Dutra is coming off a career game against Michigan, setting new personal standards with his 12 solo tackles and 13 overall stops.

2. Michigan State WR Felton Davis III leads the team with 24 catches for 300 yards, but five different players have at least nine receptions and at least 100 yards receiving.

3. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is 7-1 against Indiana, including 4-0 at home, although the loss was suffered last year in overtime.

PREDICTION: Michigan State 31, Indiana 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Indiana 3-3 L1 28.0 25.8 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-3
Michigan State 5-1 W3 23.7 18.2 3-1 2-0 3-1 0-0 3-0
Last Meeting
Indiana Michigan State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/1/16 MSU 21 IND 24 437 156 281 438 175 263
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indiana R. Lagow 61.5 276 2 1
Michigan State T. O'Connor 60.0 263 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indiana D. Redding 19 100 5.3 0
Michigan State G. Holmes 9 51 5.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indiana R. Jones 5 124 24.8 1
Michigan State R. Shelton 7 141 20.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Indiana R. Jones 1
Michigan State J. Price 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indiana P. Ramsey 62.3 815 7 4
Michigan State B. Lewerke 60.1 1177 9 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indiana M. Ellison 83 426 5.1 3
Michigan State L. Scott 83 408 4.9 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indiana S. Cobbs Jr. 37 409 11.1 3
Michigan State F. Davis III 24 300 12.5 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Indiana S. Cobbs Jr. 4
Michigan State F. Davis III 4
Quickchart Matchup
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Michigan State Michigan State Def
Indiana 388.5 yards
Michigan State 263 yards
Indiana 3.5 yards/rush
Michigan State 2.9 yards/rush
Indiana 6.3 yards/attempt
Michigan State 5.8 yards/attempt
Michigan State Michigan State Off vs  Indiana Indiana Def
Michigan State 389.2 yards
Indiana 353 yards
Michigan State 4.5 yards/rush
Indiana 4.1 yards/rush
Michigan State 6.6 yards/attempt
Indiana 5.9 yards/attempt