How does junior running back Le'Veon Bell feel the team has adjusted to knocking off some of the rust after a long layoff?
"It's been hot," said Bell. "Your body gets used to it at first, 20 or 25 minutes out there and your body just adapts to it. You may sweat a lot, might be a little hot, but we have to adapt to it.
"I feel like (the rust) it is just starting to go away now, guys are starting to get their feet under them. The first couple of days were a little shaky, we were rusty and you could tell."
Despite the heat and adjustment to the long layoff, Bell feels the Spartans and their head coach have been bringing it each day.
"I feel like we've had great energy," said Bell. "Practices have been great and guys are going after it. Coach D's energy level has been high too. I feel like our team follows in his footsteps, when he is enthused and into practice, we all are."
While some have speculated this could be Bell's final game wearing the Green & White, he knows TCU presents a major challenge and sees a resemblance to one of the Spartans Big Ten opponents.
"TCU plays hard," said Bell. "That is a good defense we have to go against. We have a tough challenge in front of us. We have to go out there and do our job and we will be fine.
"If I had to compare them to somebody in the Big Ten it would be Nebraska. They play a lot of nickel; bring in an extra DB, two-deep safeties. They simulate Nebraska a lot and remind me of them a bit."