Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 players to watch

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) warms up prior to a game against Air Force at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

With the Central Michigan vs Michigan State game quickly approaching, many players are looking to have a breakout game or just get back on track.

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On the Central side of things, Cooper Rush is one of the better quarterbacks in the MAC, but he has led the Chips to just a 1-2 record through three games. It’s not entirely his fault, though, as one of the losses, to Syracuse, was by just three points in overtime and the other against Oklahoma State was a classic case of the Cowboys just asserting their power in the end.

The Chippewas came into East Lansing six years ago when Dan LeFevour was the quarterback and stole a win right from underneath Michigan State and head coach Mark Dantonio’s nose.

As the last MAC team to take down the Spartans, Central Michigan has the offensive firepower to do so once again in 2015, but Michigan State likely won’t allow that to happen.

That 2009 loss at home to Central Michigan still stings Coach Dantonio and you better believe he has been working his guys hard all week in practice in order to make sure they don’t overlook the Chippewas and their potent offensive attack.

With the game likely to be closer than people think, especially considering Vegas’ 27-point spread, let’s take a look at five guys, on both sides, who we should be keeping our eyes peeled for. These five players might not be household names just yet, but they will attempt to be in this matchup.

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