Two teams that went unbeaten in Big Ten conference play for just the second time since 1943, will do battle under the lights on Saturday night, as No. 2 Ohio State takes on the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
O/U Odds: 51.5
Spread: MSU +5.5
The Buckeyes (12-0) can increase their chances of getting into the BCS Championship Game with a win in this one, after their hopes were dashed following Alabama's loss to Auburn last week.
Ohio State has won a school-record 24 straight games, but needed a failed two-point try in the final seconds last week to beat out Michigan by one point.
The Ohio offense is led by running back Carlos Hyde, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season and needs 33 more to become the seventh player in school history to run for 3,000 in a career.
He has been getting plenty of help however, from quarterback Braxton Miller, who if he can grab 166 more yards on Saturday, can join Art Schlichter as one of only two Buckeyes to reach 8,000 in their careers.
Miller and Hyde have combined to rush for 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns over the past three games, but will have to face a Spartans team that has won eight in a row.
Michigan State (11-1) won all of its league games by at least 10 points this season, steamrolling over opponents while clamping down with the nation’s top rushing, total and pass efficiency defense. The team is also second nationally in third-down defense and fourth in scoring defense behind the genius of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
That defense has the Spartans poised to end up in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988 regardless of Saturday’s outcome.
Matt's Free Prediction
This should be an exciting game, but could end up being a low scoring affair if both defenses come to play.
Michigan State has kept five out of last six opponents out of the end zone, but will face an Ohio offenses that is more than capable of putting g points up on the board.
However, as the old adage goes, offense wins games, while defense wins Championships.
Michigan State 30, Ohio State 24