Maryland game-day digest: No. 13 Michigan State

It's the final quarter of the season as Maryland heads west to take on No. 13 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. It's the sixth meeting between the teams all-time, and it comes with the Spartans trying to rebound from a heartbreaking loss at Nebraska last weekend and with the Terps trying to snap a six-game losing streak.

Game 10: Michigan State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten)


Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

Kickoff: Noon

TV: ESPN2 with Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline)

Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM with Johnny Holiday (play-by-play), Tim Strachan (anaylst) and Scott McBrien (analyst)

Forecast: 52 degress, 62 percent humidity, partly cloudy

Line: Michigan State by 15

Team captains: Running back Wes Brown (offense), middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (defense) and cornerback Will Likely (special teams)

Flag bearers: Running back Tehuti Miles (Maryland) and defensive lineman Ruben Franco (American)

Scout team players of the week: Running back Tehut Miles (offense), defensive lineman Ruben Franco (defense) and wide receiver Josh Bekoe (special teams)

Uniforms: Maryland Pride 2.0 helmets, white jerseys, black pants.

Last week: Maryland lost to Wisconsin, 31-24; Michigan State lost to Nebraska, 39-38.

Series: Michigan State leads 5-1. The Spartans won last year's meeting in College Park, 37-15.

Maryland players to watch: Redshirt freshman Brendan Moore is scheduled to make his first career start at left guard against one of the nation's most talented defensive fronts. The Michigan State secondary has been banged up, so quarterback Perry Hills will have plenty of opportunities to hit speedy wide receivers Levern Jacobs, DeAndre Lane and D.J. Moore for big plays — he just needs to capitalize. The pressure will be on cornerbacks Will Likely and Sean Davis to turn in solid performances against Connor Cook, the Big Ten's top quarterback.

Michigan State players to watch: The Spartans offense runs through quarterback Connor Cook, who has thrown 21 touchdowns to three interceptions, and he has the Big Ten's leading receiver at his disposal in Aaron Burbridge. On defense, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is one of the nation's top talents.


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