Michigan State will face a big road test when they travel to Rutgers for a Saturday night prime time kickoff.

Michigan State will be faced with their biggest road test of the season when they travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers in a prime time match-up on Saturday night. What should Spartan fans be concerned about in this game? Spartan Digest takes a look.

No. 4/3 Michigan State (5-0, 1-0) vs. Rutgers (2-2, 0-1)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 10

Kickoff: 8:12 p.m. EDT

Location: Piscataway, N.J. (High Point Solutions Stadium)

Saturday's game marks the seventh meeting between Michigan State and Rutgers.  The series is tied 3-3 overall with the Spartans last defeating the Scarlet Knights 45-3 last season in their first match-up since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.

Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio is no stranger to the Scarlet Knights as he went 1-1 against them during his tenure as head coach at the University of Cincinnati.  One of those wins was a 30-11 upset over a seventh-ranked Scarlet Knights team in his final year with the Bearcats during the 2006 season.

Matchup Preview  |  October 10, 2015
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#4 Michigan State Spartans
(5-0, 1-0 Away)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(2-2, 2-1 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
157 SCORING 127
107 FIRST DOWNS 103
918 RUSHING YARDS 844
10 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 7
977 PASSING YARDS 904
10 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 7
1895 TOTAL OFFENSE 1748
27-207 PENALTIES / YARDS 38-269
32:05 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 33:43
16-19 84% RED ZONE SCORES % 13-16 81%
13 - 3 RED ZONE TDS - FGS 11 - 2
Defensive Stats Comparison
104 SCORING 92
20.8 POINTS PER GAME 23.0
640 RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED 472
6 RUSHING TDS ALLOWED 6
1244 PASSING YARDS ALLOWED 1096
6 PASSING TDS ALLOWED 6
27:55 TIME OF POSSESSION / GAME 26:17
14 TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 12
11-15 73% RED ZONE SCORES % 10-13 77%
9 - 2 RED ZONE TDS - FGS 9 - 1
18 - 38 SACKS - TFL 8 - 24

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