Buckeyes Battle Spartans for Big 10 Title
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) has everything it wanted since mid-August staring directly at them later tonight.
The Buckeyes will put their 24-game winning streak on the line when they battle Michigan State (10-1 8-0 Big Ten) for not only a Big Ten Championship, but a probable chance to play for a BSC National Title.
“Our focus is on this game, and that’s it,” Urban Meyer told reporters in Columbus this week. “It’d be a disservice to our players if I went and worried about it. We have to move the ball against a great defense, and that’s my focus.”
Ohio State is coming off their tightest victory of the season last week when they survived Michigan 42-41 in Ann Arbor. Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns, while Carlos Hyde weaved his way through the Wolverine defense en route to 227 yards on 27 carries.
However, they needed Tyvis Powell’s interception of Devin Gardner’s 2-point conversion pass to secure the win.
Michigan State rolls into Indy riding a eight-game winning wave. Their defense has been their calling card all season. They rank third in the nation by allowing just 11.8 points a game.
They are coming off a 14-3 home win against Minnesota in which they forced three turnovers and held the Golden Gophers to just barely 250 yards of total offense.
On the other side of the ball, Walsh Jesuit graduate Conner Cook leads the Spartan offense. The sophomore has been solid in East Lansing since he took the reigns.
He has thrown 17 touchdowns to only four interceptions while racking up roughly 2,200 yards.
The teams did not meet in the regular season. They last met on Sept. 29, 2012, when Ohio State squeezed out a 17-16 road victory.
“I feel very strongly about my team,” Meyer confidently expressed. “I would take this team anywhere with me. A team that knows how to win and refuses to lose is a special team and this is a very special team.”
Kick-off is set for 8:15 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium. You can catch the game on FOX 8.