(9) Michigan State at (3) Ohio State
Michigan State– I’ve raved about this team throughout the season and for good reasons of course. Ever since their game against Purdue, they haven’t looked like that dominant team that they have the potential to be but they’ve still won football games nonetheless. This offense has no problem scoring. They average close to 33 points per game and their defense isn’t what it was before but they get off the field when they have too and that’s all that’s important. Connor Cook has been a star and I think his skill set will travel well with him into the NFL. He’s pocket savvy and can make every throw and he always seems to play well whenever there’s a big game. Speaking of big games, this is one that could determine a lot going forward. A trip to Columbus could make or break Michigan State.
Ohio State– They’ve been on quite some roller coaster this season. They’ve suffered from what I’ve referred too as “FSS” otherwise known as “Florida State Syndrome”. Just like the Seminoles last season, they struggled to hold leads and got everyone’s best challenge and still found a way to win which is all that’s important. They’ve looked very impressive at certain parts of the season. The biggest threat to them is Ohio State themselves. They are ranked number three overall in the CFP rankings and there’s really no margin for error when you look at it. Today, they could get that challenge when Connor Cook and Michigan State come to town for a classic Big Ten showdown.
Prediction: This is by far the biggest game of Connor Cook’s collegiate career. We don’t know how healthy he is because he injured his shoulder last week in their win against Maryland. I expect Ohio State to come out and test him early and that’s exactly what you do with a key guy on either side of the football. Michigan State has to limit Elliott early on because once he gets it going, he’s tough to stop. I like Ohio State in this one. Ohio State 38 Michigan State 24.