Air Force vs Michigan State: 5 players who need to step up

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) attempts to catch the ball against Michigan State Spartans defensive back Demetrious Cox (7) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long week for Michigan State football fans. After a big win over Oregon, the Spartans probably couldn’t wait to get back on the field to prove that they belong at the No. 4 spot in the nation.

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Air Force comes to town this Saturday afternoon and the Spartans will be playing an unfamiliar opponent on national television. The Air Force vs Michigan State figures to be a solid one even though the Spartans are heavy favorites.

Plenty of Spartans from last week’s Oregon game didn’t quite play to expectations and will need to step up in this game if Michigan State wants a chance to win.

While there were plenty of position groups who struggled for MSU on Saturday evening, but for the most part, the Spartans played well. I mean, they did take down the No. 7 team in the country in front of a national audience.

The Falcons will be in East Lansing this weekend bringing their second-ranked rushing attack as well as the respect of every opponent in the nation. However, they will be without their starting quarterback as he suffered a torn ACL and MCL last week, paving the way for backup quarterback Karson Roberts.

Michigan State is loaded with talent, but the five players on this list will need to show that they can act on their potential and bring another win to the team.

Let’s take a look at the five players who need to step up this week for MSU in order for the Spartans to come away with a big victory.

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