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Saturday is a program-defining game for Ohio State

A lot is on the line in East Lansing this weekend.

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Since 2013, Ohio State has been in the national title race all the way through the regular season every year. Even when they didn’t make the playoff/BCS title game (2013, 2015, 2017), it took either a loss in the Big Ten Championship or narrowly not being picked for the final four to finally vanquish their championship dreams. With a loss already on their resume this season, it’s going to take a lot to keep that streak afloat.

On this week’s Hangout In the Holy Land preview episode, Patrick Mayhorn and I discuss why Saturday’s game against Michigan State is not only make-or-break for Ohio State’s playoff hopes this season, but also one of the most important regular season games in Urban Meyer’s tenure in Columbus.

Show Notes

1:15- Basketball’s back! (And they started the season with an excellent win over Cincinnati)

6:10- Why Michigan State is a program-defining game

18:36- Can the offense play well against a very good MSU defense?

20:33- The receivers need to win one-on-one battles

26:34- Will Brendon White continue to get playing time?

28:00- No excuse for the defense to not play well

31:43- You already know the weather’s going to be terrible in East Lansing

33:14- Predictions

36:20- Everything else in college football this week