Thanks to the Buckeyes’ shocking loss to Iowa last week, this game now has Big Ten East title implications. Whichever team wins this game can claim the division by winning out. Conversely, the loser will effectively be eliminated from contention. Those stakes make it the latest in a long line of big games between the two teams. And while neither program approaches it as such, it has the feel of a rivalry game.
Ohio State-Michigan State game time, details
Ohio State and Michigan State play at noon ET on Saturday, November 11.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, November 11
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Weather: High of 39 degrees with 0 percent chance of rain
The line: Ohio State is a 17-point favorite, per MyBookie
Over/under: 53.5 points
What TV channel Ohio State-Michigan State on?
The Ohio State-Michigan State game will be televised nationally on FOX.
How can I watch Ohio State-Michigan State online?
The Ohio State-Michigan State game can be watched online via Fox Sports Go.
How can I listen to Ohio State-Michigan State on the radio?
Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of Ohio State football radio affiliates can be found here. For Michigan State fans, a list of Michigan State football radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for FOX?
Joe Davis (play-by-play), Brady Quinn (color analyst), Bruce Feldman (sidelines)
Ohio State-Michigan State preview, keys to the game
1. How they respond
The Buckeyes and Spartans will enter this game coming off very different experiences last week. Ohio State suffered a humiliating 31-point loss to Iowa, while Michigan State took down Penn State on a last-second field goal. Will the Spartans suffer an emotional letdown the same way the Buckeyes did after beating Penn State at home and then hitting the road against a solid opponent? Or will the win boost their confidence? Will the Buckeyes pack it in after a loss, or channel that defeat into focus and motivation?
“It depends on the team,” Urban Meyer said Wednesday. “It depends on the leadership of the team and how the assistant coaches and the head coach handle this business. There’s a psychological advantage if a team’s got that anger. We’ll know more about our team as we continue on our journey. It depends on the team, and it depends on the leadership and the coaches.”
2. Running the ball
The Buckeyes are in an interesting place right now when it comes to their rushing offense. They have two talented running backs in dynamic freshman J.K. Dobbins and bruising sophomore Mike Weber. As a team, they rush for 5.88 yards per carry. However, the Buckeyes have essentially been a 50-50 team in terms of run-pass play calls this season instead of running 60-65 percent of the time like previous years of the Meyer era. Dobbins has gone ignored for large periods of time in each of the last two games. Against Iowa, he received only six handoffs despite averaging more than 8 yards per carry.
Will Meyer feed Dobbins and Weber against the Spartans? That’s where things get tricky. Michigan State has the nation’s No. 3 rushing defense, surrendering just 87 yards per game on the ground. It will be interesting to see whether the Buckeyes up the amount of carries and whether the two running backs are up to the challenge if given the opportunity.
3. Pass defense
Which team will be able to beat the other through the air? If one team has a big day in the passing game, it could make all the difference. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke has been very good lately, and the Buckeyes’ linebackers have been exposed on play-action passes. And while J.T. Barrett struggled overall against Iowa, he did throw three touchdowns. Moreover, he previously had one of the best games of his career, torching Penn State by going 33 of 39 with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
It will be cold in Columbus, but there won’t be any rain or much wind. Big passing plays could help swing this result one way or the other.
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