(12)Michigan State @ (13)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 18 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: OSU - They need to get JK Dobbins 20+ carries. Same old song and dance with Urban, he tells reporters after the game that he should have run [insert tailback's name] more in the loss. It's now a broken record with Urban repeating it over and over again; so why doesn't he take his own advice? I do think this team will bounce back at least to a certain extent....but I don't think it's going to be pretty. Ohio State 24 Michigan State 17
Cory: What can be said about Ohio State's loss to Iowa that hasn't already been said? The Buckeyes completely dropped the ball, and without a lot of chaos, played themselves out of a playoff spot. There is no rest for the weary, however, as the Buckeyes must turnaround this week and face an underrated Michigan State team. The Spartans always play Ohio State tough, as the two teams have split the last six games evenly. Even when Ohio State does win, the Spartans keep it close. Ohio State's average margin of victory in the last three wins over Michigan State is 4.7 points. Two of those wins were 17-16. Also, the Buckeyes haven't beaten Michigan State in Columbus since 2007. I believe that Ohio State will bounce back with a win this week, but it's going to be ugly and it's going to be close. Ohio State 24, Michigan State 21
Dave: OSU 42 – MSU 28
Gregg: I am not quite sure how OSU will come out after such a big loss when Sparty invades the Horseshoe. Normally I expect to see a lot of heart and motivation out of an Urban Meyer lead team. But they had SO MUCH on the line last week and basically delivered a dud in Iowa. No reason to sugar-coat this one, if anyone was proud of that performance, players, coaching staff, SID office, they should turn in their Golden Buckeye card at the door and walk away. I realize these are kids, and I realize they work very hard year round, but the work really hard so that you don't lose 55-24 to a three lose Iowa team. Ohio State needs to put their foot on the Spartan throat and crush until they cry uncle. They basically need to take out all their frustration on the Green and White, win the game, then get back to the task at hand which is get better each week and play for a Big Ten Championship. Get the running game going again, JT needs to throw to the red jerseys only, and the defense needs to decide if they are going to stop anyone again. I think the Defensive Line was a bit neutralized against the Hawkeyes and it exposed an average back seven. Greg Schiano can take all the calls he wants AFTER the season is over but right now his job is to coach the Buckeyes, do your job Greg. As I am going to try to have the faith the Buckeyes well take care of business in the cold, I see a big victory for the men nof the scarlet and gray. Ohio State 41 Michigan State 10
Jason: It didn’t seem likely a couple weeks ago, but this game is most likely for the Big Ten East title and a trip to Indianapolis with a likely matchup with Wisconsin. Michigan State is coming off a hard fought home win over Penn State, enduring a 3 hour lightening delay. For Ohio State, it’s a much different feeling coming off a drubbing in Iowa City to the hands of the Hawkeyes. Two teams with identical records and one fan base is excited to be 7-2 and for the other, life is over with no playoffs in the cards. Ohio State should come out with fire and their front four, which was exposed at Iowa will face a Michigan State team that struggles running the football. The Spartans haven’t hit the 100 yard mark in the last three games and the offensive line can’t control the line of scrimmage. The Spartans offense revolves around their young QB, Brian Lewerke. If the Spartans win this game, Mark Dantonio is not only the Big Ten Coach of the Year (He may be anyway), Lewerke has a shot at the first team QB. He has thrown for 850 yards the past 2 games, including 400 against Penn State to go along with 2 touchdowns. The Buckeyes have struggled to defend the pass most of the year and were torched by an average Iowa QB, Nate Stanley a week ago and Lewerke is a better all-around QB. Look for Dantonio and the boys to utilize the TE and short passing game to create long drives, shorten the game and offset the deficiency in speed. If the O Line can protect for at least 2 or 3 seconds, he has a chance to meticulously carve up the Buckeye LB’s and secondary. I expect J.T. Barrett to be much better than he was a week ago, when 4 interceptions derailed any chance Ohio State had to take control of the game. If the good Barrett returns in his penultimate game in the ‘Shoe, Ohio State should all but clinch a trip to the Big Ten title game. If not, Urban Meyer will fail to beat the Spartans at home again, the only school he has not beaten at home. I expect a different Buckeye team to show up this week and the dominance of the D line will once again return along with more of an emphasis on the running game. Buckeyes squeak by and with a Michigan loss next week at Wisconsin, clinch the Big Ten East. Ohio State 38 Michigan State 31
Joe-S-U: Buckeyes Bounce Back!
John: Before the season started, last week’s game at Iowa screamed trap game. That said, after Ohio State beat Penn State it looked like the D had turned the corner. I’m not sure I have ever seen a team forget how to play defense from one week to the next the way OSU did last week. And don’t get me started on an offense that completely abandons the running back at the first sign of adversity. I’d like to think that the Buckeyes bounce back this week at home, but 1) The home team in this one hasn’t won this game in a decade and 2) this will be the same back seven on D that last week looked like they have never seen a forward pass before. Hope I wrong, and at the risk of losing my Buckeye card…. Michigan State 27 Ohio State 14
jOShUa: At the beginning of the year, I would have thought the Penn State game would have been the defect Big Ten East championship game, but with a loss to Iowa, and Michigan State beating Penn State, both these teams are fighting for a chance to play in Indy. Ohio State opens up as big favorites, and the team needs to refocus. There is a .001% chance of making a playoff, but this team needs to be thinking Big Ten Champions. In Urban's 6 years at Ohio State, he has only competed for a Big Ten Championship two times, which is part of why we are paying him the big bucks (no pun intended). JT Barrett gets back on track, and depending on the weather, this could be a old school Big Ten game, and we need to use our running backs more. Ohio State 31 - Michigan State 24
Dr. Mark: OSU 24-17 The Bucks still have a lot to play for but Spartans have regained confidence.
PJSBuck: Not since the total train-wreck of the 1990 Liberty Bowl with Ohio State playing Air Force AND LOSING, have I been this upset and embarrassed about a Buckeye performance. The ENTIRE TEAM, including COACHES, were completely ill-prepared for this game, and look at what happened? What has me the most upset is that Iowa played their standard game and blew us away. HOW - DOES - THAT - HAPPEN?????? How do 2-3 star players make chumps out of 4-5 star players and a high-profile coaching staff? How does a good, well-coached team commit double-digit penalties and rank 117/130 for most penalties allowed per game??? The answer is: well-coached, FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND TEAMS DON'T! Many moons ago in the early years of my management career, I had similar things happen to me - thinking I had done a great job of recruiting and had a very good team and staff only to see disappointing and surprising results and not sure why. Man, did I have to figure THAT out and fast. After graduating from the University of Hard Knock (several times) I eventually came to understand that most of the mistakes of my teams (and the ensuing average performances) happened because of breakdowns in the "basics" and NOT because of having "bad" players or "bad" strategy. Yep! - it started and stopped with, the coaching staff (ME!). Last Saturday we saw Ohio State completely not show up mentally. Apparently our coaches THOUGHT/"ASSUMED" they were ready. We had most of our defensive players 1-3 steps behind most of the time ( on MANY plays), or just missed their assignments because they were confused, unsure of their assignments and reacting VERY late. Our linebackers and secondary were more watching the game vs. playing. Booker, Worley, Fuller (#4) and Arnette reacted late the entire game instead of playing - sorry guys, the truth hurts, deal with it. OK - so you are tired of reading about the loss and wonder what this has to do with this weeks game against Michigan State? If you think Iowa is fundamentally sound with 2-3 star players, the poster child for fundamentally sound coaching is coming into the Horseshoe this Saturday - Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. If I am right about the fundamentals, those won't be fixed in just one week. Prediction - the unthinkable: Michigan State 45 Ohio State 31 and two back-to-back Big Ten losses.
Pia Pete: Who wants to go to the Big Ten Championship? OSU 44 – MSU 17
Coach Rick: I have OSU winning at home in front of a large crowd. I see it that OSU comes to play this week with a big win.
Steven: I'm a bit grumpy this week so my picks will be understandably short. OSU 24-21
Trout: I was a little more confident before last week's game. I still think the Buckeyes win, but it will very close. Sparty always plays the Bucks tough. They are going to play an extra amount of confidence after beating Penn State last week. It was come down to how Ohio State responses to the embarrassing defeat a week ago. I honestly believe that they bounce back and play up to their capabilities. It will be a tough, hard fought game, but the Buckeyes pull off the victory and get closer to the Big Championship game. (Ohio State, 21-14)
Vaughn: Since the Spartans' green has worked like kryptonite to Superman in regards to Iran's offense, I am looking for an offensive struggle. The Buckeyes should prevail though. Buckeyes beat the Spartans 17-14.
Rod: Returning to Ohio Stadium after getting shocked in Iowa, expect the Buckeyes to go after more big play & create turnovers, getting after the football early Saturday in the Shoe. Buckeyes must establish & believe in the ground game. Look for qb JT Barrett to throw deeper into the Spartan secondary with reasonably success. Sparty handed Penn St. loss #2 by score of 27-24 last week in East Lansing, Buckeyes were embarrassed while defense gave up 55 points and held record breaking JT Barrett & the high powered Buckeye offense to 24 points. Urban had never tasted a defeat that lopsided. My gut tells me as good as Michigan St looked beating Penn State, they don't have enough to stop the Buckeyes ground GAME who will get redemption at home beating Sparty 41- 25.
GameDay: Desmond Howard, guest picker Alex Rodriguez, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit all go with the Buckeyes.
Final Score: Ohio State 48 Michigan State 3