|Written by Adama|
On late Saturday afternoon, the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes make the trip north to take on the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten conference matchup. The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 PM ET in Spartan Stadium, and will be televised on the ABC network.
Ohio State comes into this game undefeated after defeating the UAB Blazers, 29-15. The Buckeyes have gone 4-0 at home so far this year, but came out flat against UAB, who were 37 point underdogs. The Buckeyes were down 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, before scoring 21 in the second period and leading 21-12 by halftime. They also lost the stats game to the Blazers, suffering a 403-347 deficit in total yards, including 259-143 in passing yards. UAB also held the ball for nearly 8 more minutes than Ohio State.
Michigan State comes into this game after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles 23-7. RB Le'Veon Bell ran for 253 yards against the Eagles, helping the Spartans score 14 points in the final quarter. Until that point, they led by just 9-7. The Spartans offense had been struggling as of late, after losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 20-3. The Irish defense shut down the Spartans, allowing them only one field goal and no touchdowns the entire game. In that one, the Spartans suffered a 122-50 deficit in rushing yards, and fell from the No. 10 ranking to their current spot hovering around No. 20.
Both these teams are struggling spreadwise lately. The Buckeyes are just 2 points from being in a 1-8 hole ATS. The Spartans are coming off of 22 ½ and 16 point losses ATS. Without RB Bell's performance against the Eagles, they may have been in an even worse position. The visitor in this series is 12-3 ATS. Ohio State is 2-6 ATS lately, but 19-7 ATS when playing a Big Ten opponent on the road. They are also 6-1 ATS at Michigan State. The Spartans are 10-4 ATS lately, but 10-17 ATS when hosting an opponent from the Big Ten.
These two teams met in 2011, which resulted in a 10-7 Spartans win. In that one, the Buckeyes were favored by 3 points. In a 2008 matchup, Ohio State was favored by 3 ½ points, routing Michigan 45-7. In a 2007 meeting, the Buckeyes were 18 point favorites, winning 24-17 but failing to cover.
For this Saturday's game, Michigan State is a 3 point home favorite in the Bet Royal sportsbook. The line opened in Vegas earlier this week with the Spartans as 1 point favorites, so be sure to check back to see if it moves even further. The over/under is set at 43 ½ points.