Air Force vs Michigan State: 5 players to watch

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The weather for East Lansing tomorrow afternoon might change up a few coaching strategies, but luckily for Michigan State, the rain is expected to pass by kickoff. That doesn’t mean Saturday afternoon’s Air Force vs Michigan State game will be completely dry as the two teams will likely be playing in rough conditions with a potentially slippery, muddy field.

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Michigan State comes in as the overwhelming favorite while Air Force is looking like a serious underdog, especially with starting quarterback Nate Romine out for the year. Senior QB Karson Roberts will be taking his place, but it’s unclear whether he’s ready for the challenge.

Luckily for Roberts, Air Force runs a triple-option attack, meaning he likely will be handing the ball off or running it himself rather than airing it out to his receivers.

With a combined record of 4-0 between these two teams, you have to figure that there is plenty of talent on both sides of the field as well as both sides of the ball. Each team has a star player or two who will be looked on to lead their respective squad to victory.

I’m going to take a look at the five players, combined from both teams, who we need to be watching for on Saturday afternoon. These five guys could potentially have a huge impact on the outcome of the game, and they’ll likely be main contributors.

As always, I’m going to try and steer away from the obvious choices, such as quarterbacks, and pick guys from both sides who are due for big games.

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