Looking for a Michigan State vs. Indiana preview? We’ve got you covered before the Big Ten tilt.
Saturday, October 1, the Michigan State Spartans play visitor to the Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be played at Memorial Stadium and is slated for a 8:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Read on for our Michigan State vs. Indiana preview.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Spartans have a 60.1% chance of topping the Hoosiers. The spread is in USC’s favor as well, according to Oddsshark.
Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 52,929.
Spread: Michigan State Spartans -6.5
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Channel: Big Ten Network
Michigan State vs. Indiana preview:
The Spartans were embarrassed on their own turf last weekend by Wisconsin, falling to the Badgers 30-6. The week prior however they went to Notre Dame and held off the Fighting Irish 36-28.
Michigan State (2-1) out gained Wisconsin 325 yards to 317 yards, but they also coughed the ball up four times. Three of those four turnovers came via interceptions thrown by quarterback Tyler O’Connor. The Spartans, who sit 17th in the latest AP Poll, also gave up 122 rushing yards in their loss to the Badgers last week.
Indiana (2-1) dropped their first game of the season a week ago as Wake Forest knocked off the Hoosiers 33-28. Indiana had no problem moving the ball last week against the Demon Deacons as they put up 611 total yards, but quarterback Richard Lagow threw five interceptions.
Indiana enters the affair with the top passing offense in the Big Ten averaging 334.0 yards through the air per game. Michigan State sits eighth in that same category averaging just 227.0 passing yards per contest.
The Hoosiers have to like what they have seen from running back Devine Redding so far this season as he has average 104.3 rushing yards per contest this season. Redding is averaging 4.9 yards per carry on the year. Lagow has been the second most efficient quarterback in the Big Ten this season with a 158.7 passer rating. Only Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett has been better with his 184.4 passer rating.
Indiana’s passing game is their obvious strongpoint which could be a disaster for the Michigan State secondary as their pass defense is the third worst in the Big Ten giving up 226.0 yards per contest.
Kevin Wilson is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Hoosiers. He led the team to their first bowl game since 2007 a year ago where they lost to Duke 44-41 in the Pinstripe Bowl. Wilson holds a 22-42 career record as the man in charge of the Hoosiers.
Mark Dantonio has been the head coach of Michigan State Spartans for 10 seasons now and has led the team to three Big Ten titles. He took over in 2007 and the team has been to a bowl in each season that he has been in charge. Dantonio is 89-34 all time at Michigan State.
Michigan State won last season’s contest 52-26 and commands the all-time record against Indiana with a 45-15 mark. The two teams have also tied twice in their matchup history.
Michigan State vs. Indiana prediction:
A week ago both teams struggled to hold onto the football. This week those turnover numbers will be down and Michigan State will look to slow down the offense by running the football. Indiana’s offense can sling it around, but the Spartans have too much talent on both ends of the ball.
Also, Dantonio isn’t going to let the Spartans lose two Big Ten games in a row. It’ll be a close one, but the Spartans leave Indiana with the win.
Michigan State 31, Indiana 23