What We Learned: Michigan State

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Ohio State exploded in the 2nd quarter for almost 293 yards after the Spartans held the Buckeyes to 16 yards in the 1st quarter. During this we discuss how the Spartans have looked so far this season, what their offense consists of, and what will happen if Justin Fields gets his first true test against the Spartans.

"We busted", Michigan State senior linebacker Joe Bachie said of the defensive miscues in the second quarter.

Despite being held to a trio of three-and-outs and just two first downs in the first quarter, the Buckeyes had a 3-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes.

J.K. Dobbins ran for 124 years against the Spartan defense two years ago, but didn't find the end zone - something he's done five times this year. "Up to the point we would start getting it going a little bit, but that kind of turned it into a 300-yard quarter".

It was the second straight touchdown Ohio State scored as the Spartans attempted to knock the ball loose instead of making the tackle. Victor took off down the sideline, made a slight juke to get the last defender off balance and then raced into the end zone, diving the final two yards for the 60-yard score.

"Ohio State has been a dominant program in this conference", Dantonio said.

Sure, the Spartans seem to have more question marks than the Buckeyes heading into this one, but the fact that no one is giving Michigan State a shot is reason enough to pull off the unthinkable. The longest touchdown drive was only seven plays long, and it ended with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Luke Farrell.

How well the Buckeyes' defense controls Michigan State's offense could be the key to whether it will be a comfortable win or a nerve racking, down to the last second finish. Dobbins busted through the middle for a 67-yard touchdown and 24-10 lead. This time it was cornerback Josiah Scott who used his speed to close but missed with a swipe. Consider that No. 25 Michigan State prevailed in a 40-31 shootout last week with in, a team the Buckeyes routed easily 51-10 in week three. This team might be the best Dantonio has seen in years. Binjimen Victor led the Buckeyes in receiving the last time MSU played in Columbus. "I guess that's not verified".

Despite the letdown last weekend, the Michigan State defense has been one of the stronger units in the nation.

Brian Lewerke was 20 for 38 for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Spartans.

After a rough couple of weeks, we've brought ourselves back to even for picks against the spread.



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