Game Preview: Ohio State vs Michigan State
Know the Opponent:
Head Coach: Harlon Barnett (1st season, interim)
2023 Record: 3-6
Location: East Lansing, MI
Conference: Big Ten
Ohio State Preview
Michigan State Preview
Kyle McCord. The junior quarterback has back to back games with interceptions, and now goes against a Michigan State team that has been susceptible to the pass, especially the last 3 seasons each time these two teams have played. This game will be a big game for him to get confidence in his progressions and getting into a groove with his receivers, especially if Egbuka is healthier this week, and if he gets Mackey semifinalist Cade Stover back.
Nathan Carter. The Sophomore running back has run for 659 yards and 4 touchdowns for the year. With some injuries for the Michigan State recieving corp, and seeing how Rutgers was able to run for over 100 yards against the Buckeyes last week, he might be the key to chewing clock, and keeping possessions for Spartans.
Water Cooler Stat of the Game
25-7. The Buckeyes are 25-7 when wearing an alternative uniform, which started in 2009 against Michigan where they wore their 1954 throw back uniforms. This will be the 4th color rush uniform, which the boast a 5-0 record.
Let’s be real, this game is the first of a 3 game stretch for the Buckeyes that ends in Ann Arbor, with an expected Big Ten East title and a berth to the Big Ten Championship Game. This is game 1 to keep making strides on offense to gain confidence. As a fan, the anticipation for The Game is insurmountable, but in the Woody, and in the home locker room, this teams focus is on going 1-0 this weekend. Michigan State and the Buckeyes have had a temporary alliance for the past few weeks with the news that is constantly breaking about the sign stealing investigation at Michigan, for on this game, under the lights in an all gray uniform, the Horseshoe is a battlefield.
Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 7
Photo Credit: Ohio State Football