One look at the way Indiana plays offensive football and you know Michigan State will be in for another big test Saturday afternoon in Spartan Stadium.
Head coach Kevin Wilson has seen his team drop two of their past three games they could have posted wins as the Hoosiers fell to Ohio State 34-27 and Rutgers 55-52.
Led by quarterback Nate Sudfeld, Wilson’s offense has posted some solid numbers throwing and running the football.
In six games Sudfeld is hitting on 62.96% of his throws for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns with only three interceptions.
But Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio knows the Hoosiers have more than just a top quarterback.
“Kevin Wilson does an unbelievable job,” said Dantonio about the Hoosiers head coach. “They have a big-time quarterback in Sudfeld who leads the league in passing. Very, very capable wide receiver, big play guy out there, talented tailbacks.
“They probably for sure, could have won -- they could have beaten Ohio State. They probably could very easily be 6-1 from the scores, certainly, and the Penn State game was much closer than it appeared. Their quarterbacks were dinged up. Sudfeld was not playing and (Zander) Diamont was knocked out of the game, as well.
“We expect a very, very good football game. I think they are, as I said, I think it will be a great challenge for us. Always have been.”
Dantonio also knows his young secondary will be tested again Saturday. Last week saw true freshmen safeties Grayson Miller and Khari Willis both earn starts. While some might have been surprised by their youngsters play, Dantonio knew he was putting more than just good athletes on the field.
“Intangibly, they are both very meticulous people,” he said. “They are very tough-minded. So I think they are -- Grayson was valedictorian of his high school class. Khari is an excellent student, as well. Khari was a basketball player, played AAU teams all over the country and was a mid-major recruit in basketball. So he’s used to being I think on a big stage and playing around major college players, so he’s not intimidated by the situation at all. He’s a very aggressive player.
“So they are active players at a young age, but I think both those guys could be very, very good players for us.”
If the Hoosiers have standout running back Jordan Howard, he’ll team with Devine Redding to give the Hoosiers more than just a passing attack. Grayson, Willis and the rest of the Spartans defense will also have to contend with receivers Ricky Jones (32-624 yards 4 TDs), Simmie Cobbs (29-424 yards 2 TDs) and Mitchell Paige (23-266 yards 2 TDs).
Spartan Digest will continue looking at the Spartans next opponent as we get closer to game day.