Three players to watch: Michigan State

Two of the three players that will be key today may surprise you. One is an offensive lineman. Click here to see who today's impact players could potentially be against Michigan State.

With different games this season, there will be two or three Indiana players that we think could come up especially big.

Here's three Indiana players in particular to keep an eye on today against Michigan State:

1.Tim Bennett:Could this be the day that Tim Bennett registers his first interception of the 2013 season? He has certainly been close to this point. He leads the nation in pass breakups with 14 and has come extremely close on a few balls this season.

Today he'll face Michigan State sophomore quarterback Connor Cook who has only thrown one interception this season but that came in the fourth quarter last week at Iowa. But Cook also isn't a particularly consistent passer at just 56.9 percent. Look for Bennett to be out to make a big play.

2. Jason Spriggs: It isn't often that offensive linemen get mentioned in terms of players to watch but the O-Line in general and IU's left tackle in particular are going to be key factors today against Michigan State. The Spartans have the top ranked defense in the nation and feature an impressive front seven. Giving Nate Sudfeld enough time to throw the ball will be huge in a game like this one.

The other challenge for Spriggs is that while he has been a solid player most of the season he's coming off a game where he gave up at least one sack and a couple of blind side pressures. Depending on how many times he watched the Penn State film this week, he could have a little extra motivation.

3.Cody Latimer: The junior wide receiver was pretty quiet the first two games but since then has become one of IU's most reliable receivers. He has had three games in a row of more than 100 yards receiving.

For Indiana to have a chance today, the receivers are going to have to come up big. Especially if the Michigan State defense has Sudfeld on the run. Receivers such as Latimer will be counted on to make the kind of big plays they've been making in recent weeks as IU will likely need to score 30 points or more to pick up a win on the road in East Lansing.

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