Game 10 Recap: Ohio State 38 – Michigan State 3
There really wasn’t a point in the game that was a difference maker. Since 2020, the game against Michigan State and Ohio State have not been competitive, and Michigan State gave it their best effort, but fell short. When their best player is a kicker with a strong leg, but their offense never makes it to the redzone, it is hard to beat a team who is scoring nearly every possession. This was a turning point for the Buckeye offense who are building a rhythm and working through progressions as they get to the hardest football coming up with Michigan and a chance for a Big Ten Championship or College Football Playoff.
Stars of the Game
Cade Stover. The senior tight-end came back in a big way and had an impressive catch for his touchdown. With 7 catches for 79 yards, he showed how he was missed last week against Rutgers opposite of Marvin Harrison Jr as a threat in the passing game.
Kyle McCord. The junior looked his best against the Michigan State defense, and posted a QBR of 98.1. He had some really good passes in the game, with two to Marv, but had a chance for a 3rd on the Buckeyes first drive of the second half.
Marvin Harrison Jr. Harrison should get a suit fitted for a trip to New York City in the second week of December. He might not win the Heisman, but it is clear since the Penn State game that the Buckeyes are trying to give him a chance to win or earn individual awards. He is 1 100-yard game away from breaking the record at Ohio State for 100-yard games as a receiver. He is tied with David Boston at 14.
Ohio State looked the most complete on offense than they have all year, and pulled back the reins in the second half in a strategy to keep their players healthy. Something the committee should put into consideration for this Ohio State team is that they were without 3 of their staring defenders and still held Michigan State to 3 points and under 190 yards. In reality though, the Buckeyes stay at the top spot will change this week as Georgia took care of business against Ole Miss at home, and now with two ranked wins, and the win against Missouri looking better, I can see the 2-time defending National Champions moving into first place. The Buckeyes should only drop to 2, as Michigan finally got their first ranked win on the season, and did it without their head coach, but are awaiting a decision of a TRO to go against the Big Ten’s suspension ruling. Florida State had a tougher time against Miami, but still remains undefeated, and will likely face Louisville in 3 weeks for the ACC championship game. Washington and Oregon both won close games against Utah and USC respectively, and should be on a collision course for the PAC-12 Championship. In the end, the Buckeyes know they just need to win this week and beat Michigan on the road next week, and they can all but prepare for a trip to the college football playoff.
Ohio State (10-0) will host Minnesota (5-5) at 4pm on BTN for their final home game of the season.
Michigan State (3-7) will travel to Indiana (3-7) for a 12pm kickoff on BTN.
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