Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans Game Preview

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We’ve seen a full five weeks of football, and you’d be hard pressed to find another team playing at a level like the Ohio State Buckeyes. Justin Fields is taking the offense to new heights, and now they get a chance to prove themselves against a tough team. Michigan State’s not what they used to be, but they’ll still give the Buckeyes a test.

Date: Saturday, October 5th
Start time: 6:30pm CT
How to watch: ABC
Line: Ohio State -21
Location: Ohio Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Ohio State Buckeyes players to watch

QB Justin Fields
DE Chase Young
RB J.K. Dobbins
LB Malik Harrison

Michigan State Spartans players to watch

DE Kenny Willekes
LB Joe Bachie
LB Antjuan Simmons
QB Brian Lewerke

Ohio State Buckeyes keys to the game

  • Light up the scoreboard
  • Unleash Fields
  • Hammer Lewerke

Michigan State Spartans keys to the game

  • Protect Lewerke at all costs
  • Keep the score low
  • Get in Justin Fields’ head

Why the Ohio State Buckeyes win

Ohio State’s averaging 52.4 points per game through their first five games, but they’ll win if they reach 35. One thing the Buckeyes know how to do better than the Spartans is score frequently. If Justin Fields has another big day, Ohio State wins with ease. Michigan State won’t sneak up on them like Purdue did last year, and that preparation will pay off. The Spartans defense poses a tough challenge, but this Buckeyes offense appears to be on another level.

Why the Michigan State Spartans win

They win if they can keep the scoring low. Michigan State’s offense isn’t built for shootouts (not that it ever has been really), so there’s pressure on the defense to contain Justin Fields and the Ohio State offense. That being said, the offense must score still. That could mean producing at least 28 if they want to win. Brian Lewerke’s upright position becomes the most vital key to this game. The Buckeyes know how to get after the quarterback, and Chase Young’s ready to eat.


Michigan State’s defense will slow down Ohio State’s offense, but by how much? The Spartans are good, but there’s a ton of pressure on their defense to keep them in the game. It’s tough to see their offense doing enough, and eventually that pressure could lead to missed assignments and big plays for the Buckeyes. OHIO STATE 42 MICHIGAN STATE 20

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