No. 7 v (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) at No. 4 Ohio State (9-1, 7-0, No. 4), Saturday at noon.
Line: Ohio State at 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Ohio State leads 34-15.
WHAT’S AT SAME?
Ohio State shrugged off all talk of a potential cheating game last week and blew Purdue out of the Horseshoe, 59-31. The offense is humming, with quarterback CJ Stroud completing passes almost at will. The Buckeyes can win the Big Ten East title by beating the Spartans and then No. 8 Michigan the following week.
Ohio State’s passing game against the defense of Purdue. Stroud’s average of 337.3 yards per game is the best in the Big Ten and sixth in the country. Michigan State’s pass defense is the worst in the conference. The Spartans allowed Purdue’s Aiden O’Connell to pitch for 536 in their 40-29 loss to Purdue Nov. 6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michigan state: Wake Forest transfer RB Kenneth Walker was a revelation. He is a Heisman Trophy candidate leading the nation with 1,473 yards and an average of 147.3 yards per game. His average of 6.49 yards per carry is 11th nationally.
Ohio state: After sitting out the game in Nebraska, WR Garrett Wilson came back strong. He had 10 catches for 126 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Buckeyes’ 53-31 knockdown of Purdue last week.
Ohio State leads the nation in scoring with 46.3 yards per game. … Ohio State has taken eight consecutive wins since Oregon’s loss on September 11. … The Buckeyes have won 25 consecutive Big Ten games, which is the longest streak in the conference since the Buckeyes national record, a 30-game series conference win from 2013-15. … Michigan State handed over then-No. 6 Michigan recorded its first loss of the season October 30 before the Spartans took their first loss against Purdue the following week. … Payton Thorne threw four touchdown passes in the 40-21 win over Maryland last week. Michigan State senior punter Bryce Baringer leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the FBS with his 49.36 yards average. … This will be the first head-to-head meeting between Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Michigan State coach Mel Tucker. Day didn’t make the trip to East Lansing last year because he had the coronavirus. … Buckeyes senior WR Chris Olave is just two touchdown receptions away from breaking David Boston’s career school record (34 in 1996-98). His 11 TD grabs this year are tops in the FBS.
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