Michigan State vs. Ohio State fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan State vs. Ohio State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 5
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Michigan State (4-1) vs. Ohio State (5-0) Game Preview
Why Michigan State Will Win
Ohio State, welcome to a real defense.
Statistically, Cincinnati’s defense is terrific, and Indiana is actually 36th in the nation in total D, but … come on.
This when we really get to see how good this Buckeye offense is.
Yeah, the Indiana game last week was a problem for the Michigan State defense, but let’s just chalk that up to looking ahead to this. When the lights are on, this defense and linebacking corps lockdown as well as any in the country.
The defense is allowing fewer than two yards per carry, it was able to keep the Hoosier backfield from doing much outside of one big dash, and overall, it’s on a special run.
Last year, Penn State ran for 205 yards in the win over the Spartans. That’s the only time anyone has hit the 200-yard mark over the last 21 games, and only four other teams were able to get above 100 yards.
On the other side, the biggest difference in the Spartan offense is a line that’s been far, far stronger for an attack that’s been far, far better.
The ground game isn’t anything special, and Sparty can’t keep up in a shootout, but the line is giving Brian Lewerke time. He’s back to being solid for an offense that’s having no problems throwing for well over 300 yards per game.
But to pull this off, MSU D has to go MSU D.
Why Ohio State Will Win
There hasn’t been been so much as a blip so far.
There hasn’t been a great win so far, but the Buckeyes went on the road to face two Big Ten teams and treated them like they were light scrimmages.
Ask Clemson how easy it is to go beat a mediocre conference opponent on the road.
Good luck finding more complete team in college football over the first five games.
There have been a few turnovers, and the return game is just okay, but the special teams are terrific, the pass rush is among the nation’s best, penalties aren’t an issue, and the offense is a well-oiled machine that’s doing everything right.
And best of all, despite the regime change, and even with a new starting quarterback, there seems to be a different attitude overall after being haunted by two stunning blowout losses in each of the last two seasons. Apparently, this team isn’t taking anything for granted.
How well is Justin Fields playing? 16 touchdown passes and no picks. Throw in the seven rushing scores, and overall, he’s playing better than Dwayne Haskins did over his first five games last season.
How strong is the ground game? It’s hitting 200 yards an outing without breathing hard.
How good is the pass rush? Chase Young is channeling his inner Khalil Mack as he’s making a push to be the No. 2 overall pick in next year’s draft behind Mr. Tagovailoa.
Again, this is a complete team right now, and it’s going to take a perfect game to beat it. Michigan State isn’t a perfect or complete team, but …
What’s Going To Happen
The Spartans have gone 3-5 against the Buckeyes over the last eight meetings, and two of those losses were by one point each.
Mark Dantonio knows how to get a defense up for a game like this, and unlike last season, he’s got the offensive side to help the cause.
Ohio State will finally have to deal with adversity. It has yet to deal with anyone who could get physical enough on the lines, and it has yet to face a team that can gear down a game and take control for stretches.
But this Buckeye team is the absolute real deal.
It’ll go into halftime slightly up, but hardly comfortable. The defense will take over in the second half, Fields will settle in and spread the ball around enough to keep things moving, and once again, this will look like it might just be the No. 1 team in the country – albeit in a very, very different way.
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Michigan State vs. Ohio State Prediction, Line
Ohio State 27, Michigan State 16
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2019 Michigan State Football Schedule
2019 Record: 4-1
2019 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2019 Preseason Big Ten Prediction: 6-3
2018 Record: 7-6
Aug. 30 Tulsa W 28-7
Sept. 7 Western Michigan W 51-17
Sept. 14 Arizona State L 10-7
Sept. 21 at Northwestern W 31-10
Sept. 28 Indiana W 40-31
Oct. 5 at Ohio State W
Oct. 12 at Wisconsin L
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 Penn State W
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Illinois W
Nov. 16 at Michigan L
Nov. 23 at Rutgers W
Nov. 30 Maryland W
2019 Ohio State Football Schedule
2019 Record: 5-0
2019 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2019 Preseason Big Ten Prediction: 7-2
2018 Record: 13-1
Aug. 31 Florida Atlantic W 45-21
Sept. 7 Cincinnati W 42-0
Sept. 14 at Indiana W 51-10
Sept. 21 Miami Univ. W 76-5
Sept. 28 at Nebraska W 48-7
Oct. 5 Michigan State L
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Northwestern W
Oct. 26 Wisconsin W
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Maryland W
Nov. 16 at Rutgers W
Nov. 23 Penn State W
Nov. 30 at Michigan W