Healthier MSU prepares to face Nebraska

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — While most of the attention around the Big Ten is focused on everything happening off the field in Ann Arbor, the biggest happening on the field this weekend will be when No. 19 Nebraska visits No. 10 Michigan State.

The Spartans (3-1) and Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0) will be squaring off in prime time and it's a game that could be a preview of the Big Ten Championship game in December.

Michigan State appears to be heading in a bit healthier than it has been over the course of the nonconference season, highlighted by the fact junior Jack Allen is listed No. 1 at center after missing last week's game against Wyoming with an undisclosed injury.

Senior offensive lineman Connor Kruse is also coming off his first action of the season after playing center and both guard spots against Wyoming. Senior tight end Andrew Gleichert is also back on the depth chart after sitting out the last two games.

On the defensive side of the ball, help appears on the way for the interior of the defensive line. Junior Damon Knox is listed No. 3 at defensive tackle behind Joel Heath and Brandon Clemons while senior James Kittredge is No. 3 at nose tackle behind Lawrence Thomas and Malik McDowell.

Knox hasn't played yet this season after suffering an injury at the start of camp but was dressed last week against Wyoming. Kittredge played in the opener against Jacksonville State but hasn't played since.