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Meyer on Cook: 'One of best in Big Ten history'

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Connor Cook's shoulder remains a topic of conversion.

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn't lost a regular-season game in the Big Ten, so he knows a little something about winning.

And when he looks at Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, he sees a winner.

"We're facing one of the best quarterbacks in Big Ten history," Meyer said on Monday. "That's how you evaluate a quarterback, does he win games? That is his job and he wins almost every game he plays."

Cook is 31-4 as a starter, the best in Michigan State history and second among active FBS quarterbacks. He's also 20-2 against Big Ten opponents. Before the loss at Nebraska on Nov. 7, the only loss in conference play for Cook was last season against Ohio State.

The teams square off again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) has won 23 straight games overall and 30 consecutive regular-season Big Ten games.

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Meyer, however, has plenty of respect for No. 9 Michigan State (9-1, 5-1), the only Big Ten team to beat a Meyer-coached Ohio State team, that coming in the 2013 conference championship game.

"This is a very, very good team we're playing and we've had some great games with them," Meyer said. "I have a lot of respect for the way they play and their personnel is outstanding.

"We're facing maybe the best defensive line in the country. Theirs is pretty comparable with ours."