Today the Michigan State football team will host the Indiana Hoosiers in their second conference game of the season. The 4-1 Spartans started Big Ten play last week with a win in Iowa City while the Hoosiers sit at 3-2 overall but also 1-0 in conference play.
The Spartan defense is still the highlight of the team. Through five games they still lead the FBS in total defensive yards per game, with 203.8, rushing defense with 51.2 yards per game, pass efficiency defense, with an 81.16 rating, and opponent third-down conversion rate with 22%.
Senior Cornerback Darqueze Dennard helped solidify the victory over the Hawkeyes with his two interceptions and a career-high eight tackles. For this he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
After his solid performance last week against Iowa, quarterback Connor Cook was confirmed to be the starter for the Spartans for the rest of the year. So far he has thrown 688 yards with seven touchdowns and only one interception.
The Hoosiers are looking to build this week from their big win at Penn State last week. They defeated the Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium for the first time after the last 17 trips resulted in losses. Indiana’s starting tailback is Tevin Coleman. So far this year he has notched 478 yards on the ground with a 6.3 yards per carry average and seven touchdowns.
Hoosier quarterback Nate Sudfield has been having a solid season so far. He has 1,467 passing yards, throwing 104-162 with 13 touchdowns and six picks.
The game will air live on ESPN2 with kickoff scheduled for noon eastern time.
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