Ohio State is playing host to Michigan State in a game that could decide the East Division title.
When Mel Tucker was hired as Michigan State's coach, he promised his players that they would compete for titles. The Spartans are already pounding on the door for the second-year coach. The 2021 team is strong enough already to finish in the top 3 of the Big Ten East, if not the top 2.
How to watch?
Ohio Stadium 12:00pm November 20th on ABC
The Spartans are a significant underdog in Saturday's game against No. 4 Ohio State (9-1, 7-0) in Columbus, where 100,000 plus supporters will make the visitors' upset dream even more difficult.
Michigan State hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2015, a 5-year drought that will extend another year with a defeat Saturday in Columbus.
Buckeyes Last Week
Had the Purdue Boilermakers 59-31 at home. Quite a performance against a team that came in looking like a strong defensive team with some real ability on offense.
Michigan State Last Week
Played the Maryland Terrapins and won 40-21 at home.
When Ohio State has the Ball
There might be a lot of scores recorded with two powerful offenses on the field and the Spartans' poor pass defense.
As we saw in the Spring Game, Ohio State vs Michigan State 2021 might be one of the best games of 2021.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have a couple of capable running backs on their roster. TreVeyon Henderson has been splitting time with fellow freshman Miyan Williams, who has a 7.34 yards-per-carry average that ranks second in the FBS.
Henderson was a high school standout in Hopewell Virginia, where he rushed for 2,736 yards and 50 touchdowns in his final three seasons. He visited Michigan, Clemson, Tennessee, and Penn State before committing to Ohio State.
When Michigan State has the Ball
Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State leads major college football with 1,473 yards rushing. Only Marshall running back Rasheen Ali has more touchdowns than the Wake Forest transfer. Had a 143-yard performance in their recent Saturday win against Maryland.
This is a massive game. The winner advances to the Big Ten East championship game and the College Football Playoff.
The team to lose will likely be left out of the college championship playoff.
"We'll have to play our best game to have any kind of chance in this game, but that goes for every week in the Big Ten. If you're not ready to come in with your A game, you're going to get beat, so we have to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure that doesn't happen." said Michigan State linebacker Noah Harvey.
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