Indiana: Players to watch

Tevin Coleman, RB: The junior is first nationally in several rushing categories, including yards (1,060), average (176.7), all-purpose yards (1,194) and average all-purpose yards (199). He is also tied for third in rushing TDs (11) and tied for fourth in total TDs (11). Coleman has recorded eight straight 100-yard games, the longest streak in the nation and tied for the longest in Indiana history. He has also scored in 15 straight games, the longest streak in the country and in school history.

Shane Wynn, WR: After scoring a rushing TD last season against Michigan State, Wynn became the first player in school history and is one of only eight active FBS players with receiving, punt return, kick return and rushing TDs in his career. The senior leads the Hoosiers with 27 catches for 424 yards and two TDs and has two 100-yard receiving games this season.

Zander Diamont, QB: It's hard to give much of a gauge on the quarterback considering he has yet to play. But with the loss of starter Nate Sudfeld and the apparent loss of backup Chris Covington, the true freshman is being thrust into the spotlight against one of the best defenses in the Big Ten. He'll have to rely heavily on the running game and likely will look to Shane Wynn in the passing game.


The unknown: It's easy to say the revolving door at quarterback will be an issue for Indiana considering Zander Diamont has never thrown a pass. But it will no doubt be a challenge for Michigan State, as well. The Spartans certainly know the offensive tendencies off the Hoosiers, but they've resorted to watching high school film to try and get some idea on what type of game Indiana's backup quarterbacks play.

The trap: Michigan State insists there will be no looking ahead, but it would almost be understandable considering next week's game is against Michigan. The Spartans coaching staff, however, has been hammering home the fact there is plenty to lose —the Big Ten lead and a potential spot on the College Football Playoff.

Failure to finish: Michigan State has had its issues in the fourth quarter, including the last two weeks when it nearly lost what seemed to be insurmountable leads. The focus today will be playing four full quarters.

Century mark: Mark Dantonio will be coaching in his 100th career game at Michigan State (69-30). It likely won't be on his mind during the game, but a victory would give him a winning percentage of .700 and he would be one of four to coach 100 games at Michigan State.

Trophy game: Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon. The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan's earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly 190 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded — Indiana in 1820 and Agricultural College of the State of Michigan in 1855.

Facts and figures

■ The victory over Purdue moved Mark Dantonio into third on the career wins list at Michigan State (69). His .697 winning percentage ranks fifth, and a victory today would tie Dantonio with Charlie Bachman for the second-most wins in school history.

■ Michigan State's 11-game winning streak in the Big Ten is the second longest in school history — the Spartans won 16 straight from Oct. 2, 1965 to Oct. 21, 1967. In addition, Michigan State has won 12 consecutive games against Big Ten opponents, including the 2013 Big Ten championship game.

■ The Spartans have 273 points through six games, the highest through six games in school history. Michigan State leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring, averaging 45.5 points.

■ Michigan State has allowed three sacks (11 yards), tied for fewest in the FBS — all three sacks came at Oregon.

■ Indiana is sixth nationally and third in the Big Ten averaging 302.7 yards rushing. The Hoosiers have recorded 200-plus rushing yards in all six games in 2014 and seven straight overall.