Michigan State hosts Indiana and will seek a Bowl berth with a win


Indiana (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) at Michigan State (5-5, 3-4), Saturday noon ET (BTN)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: State of Michigan to 10 1/2.

Series record: Michigan State leads 49-17-2.

Michigan State needs a win in its last two games to qualify for a bowl spot for the second straight season. Indiana started 3-0 but has not won since September and was eliminated from bowl competition last weekend. The Hoosiers can salvage something positive by winning the Old Brass Spittoon Trophy, which goes to the winner of that game.

Michigan State’s Temporary Offense Against Indiana Pass Defense. The Hoosiers, ranked 115th in passing yards (270.2), have struggled to cover Ohio State and will likely have similar matchup problems with the Spartans’ Deep Receiving Corps led by Jayden Reed and Keon Coleman. The two combined for 87 catches for 1,148 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Indiana: LB Aaron Casey, who leads the Hoosiers with 49 tackles and 10 tackles for loss while forcing two fumbles. Indiana desperately needs him to continue playing at the conference level for a chance against Michigan State or Purdue.

Michigan State: WR Jayden Reed, a fifth-year grad who leads the Spartans with 45 catches for 548 yards and five touchdowns. He has a TD catch in five of the last six games. He is among the Big Ten leaders in TD Receptions (5), Reception Yards (548), and Receptions (45).

In 10 games, Michigan State has forced 14 fumbles, which ranks third on the FBS. … Michigan State LB Cal Haladay had 19 total stops against Rutgers, the most by a Spartan since Eric Smith had 19 against Notre Dame in 2004. … The Hoosiers have lost seven in a row, five in double figures, and are just 1-15 in the league the last two seasons. … Indiana has won the Old Brass Spittoon twice since 2017. … The Hoosiers played the toughest schedule on FBS. Their opponents are a combined 69-32 for a .683 win rate…Indiana’s James Evans leads the nation with 26 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and leads the Big Ten with 22 punts from 50 or more yards . … Michigan State has averaged 173 rushing yards per game in its five wins, compared to 44.8 yards in its five losses.

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