Tony Lippett vs. Will Likely
The senior wide receiver is by far the best option Michigan State has through the air, leading the team with 953 yards, 600 yards more than the next-best option. Last week's loss to Ohio State marked the end of a four game 100-yard receiving streak but Lippett still managed 64 yards. He has nine touchdowns through nine games but faces a lockdown, emerging superstar in Will Likely. Likely, a sophomore defensive back, has proven to be a staple in the secondary this season. Likely has everywhere on the field, racking up five interceptions through nine games thus far. Lippett will look to get back to his 100-yard ways but Likely may limit his targets.
Jeremy Langford vs. Maryland's defensive line
Coming off one of the most impressive performances of the season, Maryland's defensive line will once again have to come up big and plug the line as the Terps face a dynamic rushing attack headlined by Jeremy Langford. The senior running back has been a beast as of late, scoring nine touchdowns in the last three contests including three last week against Ohio State. Langford has a six game 100-yard streak on the line entering Saturday but the Terps, who limited Penn State to just 42 yards on the ground two weeks ago. However, Maryland has been inconsistent up front and have had troubles dealing with star power, allowing 311 yards on the ground to the rushing attack of Wisconsin.
Kurtis Drummond vs. Deon Long
Kurtis Drummond is the most imposing force on Michigan State's defense and Maryland will want to know where the free safety is at all times. Drummond leads the team in tackles with 50, interceptions with two and passes broken up with seven. Maryland's receiving corps is depleted after the absence of Stefon Diggs, but Deon Long will have to step up and not hide early on. If Maryland can establish a passing game early on with the arsenal of Long and Marcus Leak, it will open up options in the running game and free up lanes for Brandon Ross and Wes Brown. With Diggs out, you can bet Drummond will pay stark attention to Long's whereabouts on the field.