The Ohio State Buckeyes may be ranked No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, but they are certainly not in the clear yet as they head to East Lansing to take on a much-depleted Michigan State team. After a tumultuous week which saw the second, third and fourth ranked teams in the country lose in quick succession, the Buckeyes earned the attention of the Playoff committee, having set themselves apart as one of the best teams in the country. And while Penn State controls the Big Ten East, Ohio State would seem to be peaking at just the right time in the eyes of the committee.
This week, then, is the perfect time to face Michigan State--the team that foiled the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes last season. The Spartans are sitting at 3-7 overall, with their only conference win over Rutgers last week. Though the odds are very much in support of Ohio State (the Buckeyes are favored by more than three touchdowns), there is no discounting the fact that Mark Dantonio’s team is the only one to beat Urban Meyer more than once during his tenure in Columbus.
On a cold, blustery and rainy day, Ohio State will need to establish an offense that struggled in similar environments earlier this season, and rely on their defense to contain Michigan State’s rushing attack. But now is the time for the Buckeyes to show up strong against a weakened but still formidable foe on the road.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 19, 12 p.m.
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
For the first time in the show’s history, the GameDay crew is heading to Kalamazoo, Mich. to watch No. 21 (and undefeated) Western Michigan take on Buffalo. Neither team has ever been featured on the show, and this is just the second MAC matchup in the show’s history, with the first being way back in 2003. Kalamazoo is the 77th different city to host College Gameday.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Most of the conference is playing at noon today, with four matchups, including the Buckeyes, kicking off early: Iowa faces Illinois on BTN, Maryland heads to No. 18 Nebraska on ESPNN and No. 7 Wisconsin takes on Purdue on ABC. The 3:30 p.m. lineup features Northwestern at Minnesota on BTN and Indiana at No. 3 Michigan on ESPN. Finally, in the conference’s only night game, No. 8 Penn State heads to Rutgers at 8 p.m. on BTN as the Scarlet Knights seek their first conference win of the season.
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