Wojo, Chengelis, Charboneau break down the MSU-Ohio State and UM-Rutgers games this weekend. The Detroit News
Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State vs. Ohio State game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing (noon, Fox/760).
Matt Charboneau: The Buckeyes haven’t been great defensively and until last week haven’t run the ball well this season. But, as Mark Dantonio said, they’re still 8-1. They present plenty of challenges for the Spartans, who have a chance to once again prove they have an elite defense. If the offense can get going, Michigan State can win. However, the offense hasn’t shown on a consistent basis that it can be anything but ordinary, and that won’t be enough in this matchup. Ohio State, 24-20
Angelique S. Chengelis: The “revenge tour” isn’t exclusive to Michigan. The Spartans are seeking to avenge their 48-3 loss at Ohio State last year, and they just might have the defense to pull that off. That was an anomaly in a string of really tight games between the two – Michigan State beat Ohio State in 2013 and 2015 and lost by one point in the 2012 and 2016 games. The Buckeyes are averaging 42.2 points a game, but the run game has been an issue. Michigan State, 24-21
John Niyo: Ohio State finally rediscovered its running game last week, scrapping all the RPOs and going back to basics. But they’ll need some big plays from Dwayne Haskins in the passing game to get past Michigan State. I think they’ll get just enough. Ohio State, 27-21
Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans still have plenty at stake, but so do the Buckeyes. Ohio State has looked vulnerable all season, and its defense scares no one. Michigan State has rebounded, thanks to its terrific defense. But the difference will be at quarterback, where Dwayne Haskins leads the nation with 32 touchdown passes, while the Spartans’ Brian Lewerke isn’t completely healthy. Haskins will pop a couple big ones and the Buckeyes will keep their playoff hopes alive. Ohio State, 27-17