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No. 25 Michigan State hosts Indiana for Homecoming

September 26, 2019
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Michigan State's Elijah Collins rushes for a touchdown against Arizona State during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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Michigan State's Elijah Collins rushes for a touchdown against Arizona State during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Indiana (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 25 Michigan State (3-1, 1-0), Saturday at 3:40 p.m. EDT (BTN).

Line: Michigan State by 14.

Series record: Michigan State leads 47-16-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The winner of the Indiana-Michigan State game receives the Old Brass Spittoon, which the Spartans won each of the past two years. In fact, Michigan State has won 17 of its last 20 matchups with the Hoosiers.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan State’s pass rushers vs. a short-handed Indiana offensive line. The Hoosiers are without left tackle Coy Cronk, who is lost for the season because of a right leg injury. Michigan State defensive linemen Kenny Willekes and Raequan Williams can cause all sorts of havoc.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Indiana: QBs Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix Jr. Both have played this season, although Penix missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury. Coach Tom Allen expects this to be a game-time decision. Despite using two different starting QBs, Indiana is second in the Big Ten in passing offense.

Michigan State: The Spartans have had their ups and downs offensively, but RB Elijah Collins has shown potential. The redshirt freshman has rushed for 357 yards in four games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan State celebrates Homecoming this weekend. The Spartans are 67-33-3 in Homecoming games. ... The Hoosiers are 2-9 in their last 11 conference road games. ... Indiana held Connecticut to 145 total yards last week, the fewest allowed by the Hoosiers since yielding 138 to Michigan State in 1991. ... The Hoosiers have forced a turnover in 21 of their last 22 games and had an interception in 12 of their last 14 contests. ... Brian Lewerke has 961 yards rushing for his career and can become the second QB in Michigan State history to throw for 6,000 and rush for 1,000. Drew Stanton was the first.

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