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Michigan State will at least have an open date between the Wisconsin and Penn State games, but that feels a long way off with the Buckeyes looming.

Once again we at Scarlet And Game will make our predictions on the Ohio State game.

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

The No. 25 Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) are facing No. 4 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ABC) and will be without redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Blake Bueter, who is not dressed for the game.

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

The Mark Dantonio-led Spartans have beaten Ohio State three times since 2011, more than any other Big Ten team. 12 Penn State and No. 19 MI serving as the concluding weeks of the Buckeyes' 2019 regular-season schedule.

OSU stormed field in black and read uniforms after releasing a promotional video earlier this week that told MSU to "fear the darkness". The Spartans' lone loss came in a 10-7 defeat to 20th-ranked Arizona State at home. Michigan State almost got caught looking ahead to this game last week against IN, giving up 31 points to the Hoosiers.

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While the Spartans are heralded more for their defense, it has actually been their passing game that has gotten some tremendous performances this season. His 147 yards rank No. 2 in rushing yardage and he averages 4.0 yards-per-carry on his No. 2 on the team, 38 attempts. Receiver Darrell Stewart is fourth in the country with 556 receiving yards and 10th in receptions per game with 7.0 (35 through five games). Tight ends Matt Seybert and Matt Dodson has combined to eclipse 200 yards on the season with four touchdowns between them.

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?

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