- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Purdue (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) at No. 2 Michigan State (4-0, 0-0), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Michigan State by 21

Series Record: Michigan State leads 34-28-3

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Spartans are heavily favored in their Big Ten opener, but they’ve looked underwhelming at times so far, and a big win over Oregon lost some luster when the Ducks were later routed by Utah. So Michigan State can reaffirm its status as one of the contenders for the national title with a convincing win this weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan State’s offensive line vs. Purdue’s defensive front. The Spartans came into the season believing their offensive line would be a strength, and although they still have plenty of talent up front, an injury to standout tackle Jack Conklin last week leaves the line looking a bit more vulnerable. Conklin’s status is in question, with Dennis Finley ready to take his place if need be.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Purdue: QB David Blough. In last week’s loss to Bowling Green, Blough threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score. The Boilermakers did not have an efficient day on the ground, and if that’s the case again Saturday, Blough will need to beat the Spartans through the air.

Michigan State: DL Shilique Calhoun. In an otherwise sluggish performance for Michigan State last week against Central Michigan, Calhoun was a force. He had 2 1/2 sacks and also blocked a field goal.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan State has scored at least 30 points for a school-record 12 consecutive games. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS. . With a win Saturday, Connor Cook would become Michigan State’s career leader with 28 victories as starting QB. He’s currently tied with Kirk Cousins. . This is Purdue’s first game against a team ranked in the AP top two since Oct. 23, 1999, when the Boilermakers lost to No. 2 Penn State 31-25.

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AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org

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