Michigan State is aiming to build momentum against Richmond on Saturday, a week before hosting No. 8 Washington. The Spartans shook off a slow start to beat Central Michigan 31-7 in their opener. The Spiders were favored to beat Morgan State at home in their opening game before losing 17-10. It is the first meeting between the two schools.
Richmond (0-1) at Michigan State (1-0), Saturday 3:30 p.m. Eastern (Big Ten Network)
Line: None listed by FanDuel Sportsbook
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Michigan State is aiming to build momentum against an overmatched team in the second-tier of college football before being tested next week at home against No. 8 Washington. Richmond isn't expected a win, but being competitive may help the FCS team gain confidence after losing at home last week to Morgan State.
Richmond QB Kyle Wickersham against Michigan State's defense. The first-year starter was 23 of 30 for 169 yards with an interception and ran 21 times for 39 yards and a score last week. To avoid a blowout, Wickersham will have to make more plays through the air and on the ground.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond: LB Tristan Wheeler. He has 383 career tackles, leading all levels of college football. He had 17 tackles last week, a year after making a career-high 19 tackles against Virginia.
Michigan State: QB Noah Kim. In his first start last week, he wasn't rattled when teammates dropped passes and finished 18 of 31 for 279 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 31-7 win over Central Michigan.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Spiders are unranked after they were No. 16 in the FCS coaches' preseason poll, coming off a nine-win year. ... Connecticut transfer Nathan Carter had 113 yards rushing and a TD in his Spartans debut. ... Richmond coach Russ Huesman is 33-30 in seven seasons at the school and 92-67 over his career, which includes eight years at Chattanooga. ... Michigan State coach Mel Tucker reiterated that the medical staff decides if a player is available to play when questioned about why Alante Brown returned a kick late in the first half after being carted off the field and was held out of the game for the second half.
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