The #9 ranked Michigan State Spartans are taking on the #3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Game time is 3:30 pm EDT and the game is on TV on ABC with announcers Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit along with sideline reporter Heather Cox.
This is a huge Big Ten college football game with gigantic national college football playoff and championship implications. Both Michigan State and Ohio State are highly ranked and in contention for the 2015 college football playoff. A win will bolster either team’s chances this week while a loss would be devastating to either team’s chances of making the 2015 college football playoff and playing for a college football championship this season.
- Michigan State Spartans +13 at Ohio State Buckeyes (O/U is 52.5)
Michigan State comes into the game with a 9-1 record on the season and the Spartans find themselves a huge 13 point underdog to win this game against Ohio State on the road in the Horseshoe. Michigan State has wins this season over Western Michigan, Oregon, Air Force, Central Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana and Maryland. Michigan State’s lone loss this season was to Nebraska and they lost 39-38 on the road.
Going over Michigan State’s schedule, the Spartans have wins over two ranked teams in Michigan and Oregon and three more wins over bowl-eligible teams in Western Michigan, Air Force and Central Michigan. Despite the one loss, if Michigan State could beat Ohio State this week and then beat Penn State next week and then beat an undefeated Iowa team in the Big Ten championship game, the Spartans would likely end up in the 2015 college football playoff.
Ohio State is perfect 10-0 on the season. The Buckeyes have wins over Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois. Out of those 10 teams, only Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Penn State have winning records and Ohio State has no wins over a ranked team this season. So Ohio State has to win this week over Michigan State to keep their college football playoff hopes and the hopes of repeating as college football’s national champion alive this season.
The over/under for this game is 52.5 points. Michigan State averages 33 points scored per game while Ohio State averages 36 points scored per game. Michigan State is giving up an average of 22 points per game and Ohio State is giving up 14 points per game.
The stakes could not be any higher for these two Big Ten teams this week. Both Ohio State and Michigan State need to win this game to make the college football playoff in 2015 and play for a national championship. Which Big Ten team will keep that dream alive this week? Find out at 3:30 pm EDT Saturday on ABC.