(2)Ohio State @ Michigan State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 22 1/2)
Bbaver: Pick: Ohio State - As of Tuesday, the weather forecast in East Lansing looking a bit nasty. Sparty may be rejuvenated after the Rutgers beatdown. But, gotta think Urban will have his boys ready this time. Hard to pick a score right now not knowing what the weather will do....but I will predict an Ohio State win, but not by the 3 TDs-plus that Vegas is calling for.
Cory: It's been a nightmare season for Michigan State, as the Spartans suffered through a seven-game losing streak before beating Rutgers 49-0 last week. However, mercy will be the last thing on the Buckeyes' minds this week as they look to avenge their only loss from last season. Urban Meyer will downplay it in the media, but behind closed doors he is going to constantly remind the Buckeyes of what Michigan State did to them last season. This is the last game before Buckeyes and Michigan face off, so Meyer will want to use this game as a springboard into next week as well. I can see Meyer and the Buckeyes pulling out all the stops, and running it up big on the hapless Spartans. I expect a big day on the ground from Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel. Ohio State 45, Michigan State 17
Dave: Ohio State 32 - Michigan State 17
Gregg: Ohio State should have been looking forward to this game all year. The Spartans have stopped the Buckeyes from playing in the championship game two of the last three years. Unfortunately, MSU has not held up their end of the bargain this season, coming into this game with a 3-7 record and only one conference win. On top of that, the weather forecast looks to favor MSU. The fear with poor weather is that the OSU coaching staff will play conservative and keep the game closer than it should be. Like everyone on our Buckeye 50 staff, I think the Buckeyes will win this game but if you re betting, take Sparty and the points. Ohio State 31 Michigan State 17
Jason: The Buckeyes are coming off yet another complete beat down, and the nation is taking notice as the Buckeyes have risen to #2 in the college football playoff rankings after last week’s upsets. With the Michigan loss, a chance at a Big Ten Championship is slim, however, as it looks, the chance at a playoff appearance rides on this week’s game in East Lansing, and next week’s rivalry game. The Spartans are having a rare down year under Mark Dantonio, but showed a little life last week, albeit against Rutgers, but still rolled to their first conference win of the season. They have nothing left to play for but pride and that’s exactly what they’ll lean on in this one. They will certainly have confidence in their ability to pull the upset due to their recent success against the Buckeyes. This one however, may have the largest talent gap between the programs since Dantonio took over. Michigan State is better than it’s looked, and will bring pressure and it will be on the resurgent offensive line of Ohio State to keep J.T. Barrett protected. The biggest problem with the Spartans has been an inconsistent offense and poor quarterback play. With the injuries continuing to mount, this may be an entire mismatch and they are facing a Buckeye team playing with a lot of momentum and confidence. If Michigan State can employ ball control and win the battle at the line of scrimmage, they could slug it out for 4 quarters and have a chance. The problem is, can they slow down Ohio State’s high powered offense? Not likely. Look for a back and forth game early, but Ohio State will wear down Michigan State in a revenge game of sorts and pull away in the 3rd quarter and win by a comfortable margin, setting up the showdown in Columbus next week. Ohio State 45 Michigan State 14
Joe-S-U: Ohio State over Michigan State - Anybody for 62-3 for the third straight week? I still don't think an 11-1 OSU team is gonna get left out of the playoff regardless of what Penn State does, but style points are certainly gonna matter. I have no clue what's going on internally up in East Lansing (Dantonio hasn't all of a sudden forgotten how to coach), but it's none of our concern. Kick their butt and get out of Dodge
John: This game is interesting, not so much for the outcome (I think the Bucks win by at least two scores) but for the impact it will have on the playoff rankings. I’m starting to think that the basketball folks have the right idea – just release the bracket and be done with it. These “interim” rankings only serve to muddy the water. Two years ago, going into the last week of the season, TCU was ranked third, I believe, won their last game and dropped out of the playoff in favor if B1G champ Ohio State. OSU validated their ranking by winning the championship, but one fact used in dropping TCU was that they didn’t win the Big XII. This year OSU is currently ranked #2, and assuming both win this week, plays #3 Michigan next week. However, due to Michigan spitting the bit last week, it is unlikely the Bucks get to play for the B1G title. If OSU wins out, it will be interesting to see how the committee justifies hpw the team ranked second in the next to last poll magically became the fifth best team without playing in the championship week of the season. Back to the matter at hand, however. Ohio State 35 Michigan State 21
Josh: Here is my ideal world. Michigan State finished 4-8 this year, getting their 8th loss this week to us, and then their 4th win in Happy Valley on the 26th. Will it happen? Maybe, but unlikely. Ohio State though is playing to impress and needs to make sure they pass the eye test, and make sure they are one of the top 4 teams at the end of conference championship week. Barrett will pick apart the secondary and continue to enforce our passing game. Weber and Samuel will eat the yardage on the ground and our defense will shut down the Sparty offense. Ohio State wins this one big, and heads into "The Game" at 10-1. Ohio State 50 - Michigan State 10
PJSBuck: THIS IS A TRAP GAME! On paper, there is no reason we shouldn't have an easy day and run up at least 50 points Saturday. BUT, does this sound right against a MSU/Dantonio team?? We should prepare for this as if it were a playoff game. Urban Meyer basically said MSU's performance is due to them re-stocking at most positions this year, but that seems strange to me there would be this much fall off. MSU is 3-7, 1-6 but I still sense danger. At this point, Urban is trying hard to keep the focus on this week, then next week. I think we will see everything we need to know Saturday in the first 10 minutes. So, I predict a close first half but we pull away second half. Final score; Ohio State 45 MSU 17.
Pia Pete: What was once the highlight game of the season is now sadly just another road block for the Buckeyes. OSU still needs to win big. Bucks 35 – Sparty 13
Coach Rick: This is going to be a hard game to pick. There is to be bad weather heading into the area for the game, this will play a big part in the game. The 2nd unknown is how much confidence did MSU get with their big win last week? Last week could be the spark they need to salvage the season. If I was a betting man I would take MSU with the points, but have OSU winning by 17.
Steven: A thorn in the side. A rock in the shoe. A monkey in the wrench. That’s Dantonio in a nutshell. Even so, this year is different. Sparty is truly rebuilding, while the Bucks have reloaded. No doubt the game will be hard fought, and may be closer than we’d like, but unless the Bucks pull a special teams meltdown like we saw at Penn State, we should pull away in the second half. It will be closer than it should be, but isn’t that always the way with Michigan State? OSU grinds out a win on the road. Weber and Samuel continue to shine. OSU 31-17
Trout: Sparty will attack the Buckeyes with everything they have. They know their season mean nothing at this point, and the only thing they can do is play spoiler. However, the Buckeyes are far and away the better team. Sparty will be a challenge for the Buckeyes early, but once they settle down and focus, Ohio State should be able to pull away and win very convincingly. Sparty does not have the defense strength or the offensive power to handle the Buckeyes for all four quarters. In the end. Buckeyes win and continue their playoff hopes. (Ohio State, 42-10)
Vaughn: The Spartans have been a difficult win for Urban Meyer since he has arrived at OSU. It's inexplicable trying to figure out why OSU seems to have "sphincter shrinkage" against Danton Iowa. Is it the fact that many of their players either weren't recruited by OSU and wanted to be, or does Dantonio have some magic dust that confounds our offensive coordinators. Hopefully Urban has found an anecdote for MSU game anemia. I will the Buckeyes a 28-24 victory over the Spartans in East Lansing.
Final Score: Ohio State 17 Michigan State 16