The Spartans need to be on their game Saturday when they face Indiana. MSU’s victory over U of M last Saturday is still the talk of the college football world and could cause the Spartans to have a let down emotionally and not take Indiana seriously, who have lost three straight including last week where the Hoosiers blew a 25-point lead in losing to Rutgers. Indiana has a fast-paced offense directed by senior quarterback Nate Sudfield. This offense is dangerous and can put up points on the scoreboard. Their defense, however, has been subpar, therefore this has the makings of a shoot-out because the Spartans should be able to score in bunches as well.
Michigan State has a lot at stake with the five games remaining including this one, so they can’t get caught looking ahead. This game has all the markings of a “trap game” for the Spartans. After next week, which the Spartans have a bye, they play at Nebraska, then at home against Maryland, at Ohio State and at home against Penn State in season finale. A win Saturday and the Spartans can go into the bye week to rest and regroup. In addition, the week off will allow some of the injured players to heal for the stretch run. Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have instilled in this team the importance of this game and not get caught up in all the hoopla after the Michigan game. The Spartans are 7-1 in games after the Michigan game under Dantonio.
“We’ve talked about how to reach our goals,” Dantonio said. “You don’t say, ‘Hey, we are going to win all our games,’ or ‘We are going to go to the playoffs.’ You have got to fight your way to that. So the next bout, the next challenge is Indiana coming in here.