Michigan State at Ohio State: The Must-See Big 10 Football Grudge Match of 2015
The Ohio State Buckeyes took the matchup over the Michigan State Spartans last season by a score of 49-37 en route to a national championship, but the Spartans will be looking to dethrone Urban Meyer‘s squad in a season with high conference and national aspirations.
When and where: Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The Spartans have the most polished quarterback in the Big 10, and they’ll be looking to make a splash in his senior season. Connor Cook, who has 47 touchdowns compared to just 15 interceptions in his career in East Lansing, will be looking to improve his NFL resume, and taking down the defending national champions would go a long way. Cook played well against the Buckeyes last season, tossing two touchdowns in the loss. Michigan State was simply out-dueled by a superior team.
Both teams will be returning a lot of starters, which should make for an entertaining matchup at the very least. One major difference in the game this season is that the Spartans likely won’t be seeing the same quarterback. Last year’s starter, J.T. Barrett, will be returning to the Buckeyes, but won’t be the starting signal caller in my estimation. Following a season-ending injury to Barrett, Cardale Jones led the team to three straight dominating postseason wins to help bring the program an eighth championship. He’ll likely be named the opening day starter.
Don’t expect either team to put up quite as many points in this season’s matchup. Both teams boast very good defenses and are returning a lot of playmakers, headlined by Joey Bosa and Shilique Calhoun.
Prediction: The Buckeyes will win a tight matchup in their national title defense. Cardale Jones has been one of the most hyped players in the country since January, and for good reason. Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 137 yards against the Buckeyes last season, won’t be returning to Michigan State. Cook is a dynamic quarterback, but he lost a few offensive weapons in the offseason. Ohio State will be too much for the Spartans and should be playing for another Big 10 title in 2015.
Jason Shawley is a Featured Writer for RantSports.com covering Big Ten Football. Follow him on Twitter @jshawls.
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