This is it, ladies and gentlemen. The big one. Ohio State vs. Michigan State in what will be the battle for the Big Ten East. The hopes of both teams of making it to the Big Ten Championship Game, a bowl game, or even the inaugural college football playoffs are on the line. Let's get right to it.
When and where is the game this week?
We're playing at night again. The game, which will be played up in East Lansing, starts at 8 p.m. ET. This will be our fourth night game of the season, and our second on the road. Last time, we barely managed to make it past Penn State. Hopefully, the Buckeyes have learned their lesson. Michigan State's should play a better ballgame than the Nittany Lions. We won't be able to hope for overtime this week.
How can I enjoy the game if I'm not there?
The game will be on ABC, just like last week. It will also be on Watch ABC (in select areas; be sure to check availability in your market) and ESPN 3. Our TV crew this week will consist of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox. The game will also be on the radio on 97.1 FM The Fan for anyone in the Columbus area. For everyone else, check here to find your local Ohio State radio network affiliate.
Where can I find GameDay this week?
As you may have guessed from the TV crew for this week's game, GameDay will be here with us in East Lansing for their first (and probably only) Big Ten game this season. This makes sense. No. 14 Ohio State on the road against No. 8 Michigan State is a big game. As stated earlier, this game will effect the outcome of the Big Ten Championship as well as possibly the playoffs. Ohio State has lost once already; if we're going to make it to the big dance, then we can't lose another. This would arguably be our best win of the season, also. With Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan still left on our schedule, this is our only chance for a regular season win against a top ten team. We'll need that if we want to move up.
What other B1G action is going on today?
If you're looking for games to watch before our late kickoff, then you've got some options here, though most are early on. At noon, we've got Penn State at Indiana, Iowa at Minnesota (our opponent next week), and Wisconsin at Purdue. At 3:30 p.m., Michigan plays at Northwestern, and then the Buckeyes go at 8 p.m.
If that's not enough football for you, the chart below can help fill in the gaps.