In their first meeting in almost three years, the Michigan State football team will face the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. The Spartans are off to a solid start this season, posting an overall record of 5-1, while staying undefeated in Big Ten play so far with a 2-0 conference record. The Boilermakers on the other hand are struggling as they enter the second half of their season. Through six games, Purdue is at the bottom of the conference standings with an 0-2 Big Ten start while still posting a 1-5 overall record.
The Boilermakers are struggling on all sides of the ball. Their leading rusher, Akeem Hunt, has only accumulated 250 yards on 71 carries this season. Starting quarterback Rob Henry has only 81 completions out of 152 attempts, for 832 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.
Even though they might have struggled offensively with other teams, they’ve yet to face the Spartans who through six weeks are still the top-ranked defense overall in the FBS. The Spartans still atop the rankings for total yards allowed per game with 228.3 and rushing defense with 58 yards allowed per game. They also lead the Big Ten in pass defense, pass efficiency defense, and first downs allowed.
Former Spartan linebacker Greg Jones will serve as an honorary captain for the game. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, lead the team in total tackles for four straight years, from 2007-10. He was drafted by the New York Giants and was part of their Super Bowl winning team in 2012. Jones will address the team during their pre-game meal, and join the team captains for the official coin toss before the game.
The game will take place at 12 pm Eastern Time and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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