No. 25 Michigan State seeks another upset of No. 4 Buckeyes

No. 25 Michigan State seeks another upset of No. 4 Buckeyes

No. 25 Michigan State seeks another upset of No. 4 Buckeyes

Feeling the liability of an Ohio State cover, they've nudged the line up to -20.5, but any time they've furthered that movement to the key number of 21, sharps have pounced on the Spartans right away.

The term "toughest test yet" may be a cliche, but it holds true for Saturday's matchup between Michigan State and Ohio State.

The Buckeyes have yet to meet a team that can give them a fight, and the Spartans look to be a real challenge for Ohio State.

Michigan State is 4-1 and finds itself ranked No. 25 after defeating Northwestern and IN in back-to-back weeks.

No one is giving Michigan State much of a chance on Saturday evening in Columbus and maybe that would have been different if Nebraska put up a fight against Ohio State or maybe if the Spartans handled in like they were supposed to.

As for the game, Ohio State led at the break 27-10. "I really think that's important to teach these kids". The Kirk Cousins-led Spartans made the Big Ten title game in 2011, then Michigan State won the conference in 2013, beating Meyer and the Buckeyes for the championship. Consider that No. 25 Michigan State prevailed in a 40-31 shootout last week with in, a team the Buckeyes routed easily 51-10 in week three.

"This week we heard a little noise about peaking too early on in the season", Borland said. "At the end of the day, if you want to be Big Ten champions or the East Division champions, that goes through Columbus, Ohio". He ranks fifth in overall passing efficiency this season (194.4) and has been aided by strong play by his arsenal of wide receivers.

Asked about Bueter's status last week, coach Mark Dantonio said "There's no updates on Blake because we don't talk about those". "We're focused on what we can get done this year and the offense is confident". OSU topped MSU 26-6 past year. Justin Fields is completing almost 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns without a pick through five games. Fields is responsible for 138 points this season, second behind Tua Tagovailoa. He has tossed 10 TD passes to just one pick through five games, completing 59.8 percent of his throws, and compiling 1,325 yards.

The Buckeyes were first to score in Saturday night's game when Blake Haubeil kicked a 39 yard field goal in the first quarter. Starter Branden Bowen is back this week, but Alabi likely will get playing time.

Michigan State has been so good defensively, but now it approaches one of the most well-rounded offenses in college football: What can the Michigan State defense manage to do against Fields and company?

Over on defense, Chase Young is one of the nation's top sack leaders with eight total, seven solo for FBS-best minus-58 yards.

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