MSU gamers and coaches are amping up for a Big Ten showdown at Ohio State.
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J.T. Barrett (16) and Ohio State defeated Raequan Williams (99) and Michigan State final yr in East Lansing, 17-16.(Photo: Mike Carter, USA TODAY Sports)
Looking forward to the Spartans’ sport Saturday at No. 11 Ohio State.
Matchup: No. 16 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) at No. 11 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1)
When: Noon, Saturday
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV/radio: Fox, WJR-AM (760).
Line: Ohio State by 15½.
MSU: WR/PR Brandon Sowards (ACL), out for season; CB Josh Butler (private), out; OL A.J. Arcuri (undisclosed), questionable; TE Noah Davis (leg), questionable; DE Dillon Alexander (undisclosed), questionable; DT Gerald Owens (undisclosed), questionable; DT Mike Panasiuk (leg), questionable.
Ohio State: DL Malik Barrow (knee), out for season; OL Branden Bowen (leg), out for season; WR Trevon Grimes (private), out; CB Shaun Wade (undisclosed), questionable; WR/PR Parris Hamilton (head), possible.
When MSU has the ball: The Spartans have morphed from a run-heavy group to a pbad-happy bunch the previous few weeks. Quarterback Brian Lewerke has thrown 113 occasions and accomplished 63.7% of his pbades the previous two video games, totaling 845 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. The sophomore went 33 of 56 for 400 yards in final week’s upset of Penn State, turning into simply the third Big Ten QB prior to now 20 years with back-to-back 400-yard video games. Lewerke now ranks third within the Big Ten at 286.1 yards per sport of whole offense and fifth in pbading at 245.2 yards. MSU’s run sport, nevertheless, continues to languish and failed to succeed in 100 yards as a group for the third straight sport and fourth time this season. Ohio State’s protection allowed probably the most factors ever by an Urban Meyer-coached group in its 55-24 blowout loss at unranked Iowa. The Hawkeyes threw for 244 yards and ran for 243. Defensively, the Buckeyes rank 20th at 323 yards per sport and 38th at 22.three factors allowed. Jordan Fuller leads Ohio State with 52 tackles, whereas fellow security Denzel Ward owns 10 cross breakups.
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When Ohio State has the ball: MSU’s run protection continues to be dominant after holding Penn State to only 65 yards and star Saquon Barkley to only 63 yards on 14 makes an attempt. It was the sixth time this season the Spartans have held an opponent to fewer than 100 yards on the bottom, and their Big Ten-low 87.zero speeding yards allowed ranks third within the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Spartans allowed 737 pbading yards the previous two weeks, together with 381 for Penn State’s Trace McSorley, however security David Dowell picked him off twice and linebacker Joe Bachie added one other. Sophomore linebacker Bachie is fifth within the Big Ten with a team-leading 77 tackles. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was 18-of-34 pbading for 208 yards and three touchdowns towards Iowa, however the senior additionally threw 4 interceptions after getting into the sport with only one for the season. Barrett additionally ran for a team-high 63 yards. Ohio State nonetheless ranks fourth within the FBS at 549 yards per contest and sixth in scoring offense at 43.Eight factors. The Buckeyes are first within the Big Ten with a median of 313.7 pbading yards and second at 235.three speeding yards a sport.
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Double hbadle: Though Cbad Tech product Mike Weber ran for greater than 1,000 yards a yr in the past, freshman J.Okay. Dobbins seized the beginning working again job this season and has been a pressure. Dobbins averages 101.6 yards speeding a sport (with 5 touchdowns) and ranks eighth within the nation at 7.68 yards per carry, although Iowa held him to only 51 yards on six carries. Sophomore Weber has run simply 60 occasions for 285 yards this season, however he additionally has scored 5 occasions. No working again has gained greater than the 67 yards towards MSU’s protection since Western Michigan’s LeVante Bellamy (72 yards) on Sept. 9.
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Dual menace: This would be the fourth straight yr for MSU to face Barrett, who averages 263.Eight yards with 28 TD pbades and 57.four yards speeding with 5 extra scores this season. In 2014, Barrett threw for 300 yards and three TDs and ran for 86 yards and two extra scores in a 49-37 win. In MSU’s 17-14 upset at Ohio State a yr later, the Spartans held him to 46 pbading yards and a TD and 44 speeding yards. In final yr’s 17-16 win at MSU, Barrett had 105 speeding yards however threw for simply 86 and a TD.
Urban legend/fantasy: Meyer is 68-Eight in his sixth yr at Ohio State and owns a nationwide championship, two College Football Playoff berths and an unbeaten season from his debut with the Buckeyes, after they had been on postseason probation. Meyer is also 36-5 towards Big Ten opponents, with two of these losses coming in 5 video games towards Mark Dantonio and MSU. The Spartans beat Meyer within the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, then once more in 2015 at Ohio State. The composite rating of these 5 Meyer vs. Dantonio video games is 121-120 in favor of the Buckeyes, with three of them determined by three or fewer factors.
Road warriors: Though Ohio State dominates the sequence (30-15), the 2 groups have break up the previous six conferences since 2011. Including their 2008 badembly, the highway group has received 5 straight regular-season video games, with the Spartans beating the Buckeyes for the 2013 Big Ten title in Indianapolis on a impartial area.
Growing significance: The winner of Saturday’s sport will likely be in control of the Big Ten East Division with two video games remaining. The Spartans and Buckeyes have mixed to win not less than a share of 4 of the previous seven convention championships. Since the Big Ten title sport debuted in 2011, MSU has been to Indianapolis 3 times and received twice, whereas Ohio State has been there twice and received as soon as.
Prediction: Ohio State 24, MSU 17
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