Struggling Spartans try to get back on track in Maryland | Sports

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Michigan State (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (3-1, 0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

Line: Maryland by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Michigan State leads 10-2.

WHAT IS AT STAKE?

Maryland is coming off its first loss of the season, but it was a believable performance in a seven-point loss to Michigan. The Terrapins have three of their next four games at home, which positions them to show real progress after going 3-7 in October games under fourth-year coach Mike Locksley. Michigan State is coming off back-to-back losses to Washington and Minnesota and could use a win here to keep the season from going downhill.

KEY MATCH

Payton Thorne vs. Maryland High. Thorne threw four touchdown passes when Michigan State beat the Terrapins last year, but he was intercepted twice in last weekend’s loss to Minnesota, and backup Noah Kim produced the the team’s only record.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan State: DL/LB Jacoby Windmon. He’s already forced five fumbles to lead the FBS, and he also has 5 1/2 sacks. The UNLV transfer was the first Spartans player to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in a row when he did so in Weeks 1 and 2.

Maryland: QB Taulia Tagovailoa. He completes 75% of his passes and threw for 1,102 yards in four games. He is also a threat to be avoided.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Maryland is averaging 7.37 yards per play, trailing only Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten. … Bryce Baringer set the Michigan State single-season record with 48.4 yards per punt last year. He is averaging 53 yards this season. … Antwain Littleton II has scored one touchdown in five straight games for the Terps, dating to last season. … Michigan State has won the last four meetings of the series.

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