Michigan State-Ohio State Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am •  Published: December 5, 2013
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No. 10 Michigan St. (11-1, 8-0) vs. No. 2 Ohio St. (12-0, 8-0) at Indianapolis, Big Ten championship, 8 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Ohio St. by 6½.

Series record: Ohio St. leads 28-13.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The winner earns a trip to Pasadena, Calif., as the Big Ten champ. If the Buckeyes win, they could be headed to Pasadena for a more meaningful game than the 100th Rose Bowl — the BCS title game. The Buckeyes, the Leaders Division champs, have won 24 straight since Urban Meyer became coach and No. 25 would almost guarantee Meyer a shot at his third national title. Legends Division champ Michigan State is looking for its first Rose Bowl bid since 1988. The Spartans might get to the Rose Bowl even with a loss if Ohio State plays for the national title.

KEY MATCHUP

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller faces the nation's No. 1 ranked defense. Sure, TB Carlos Hyde has been putting up the big numbers lately, but Miller is the guy who makes the Buckeyes go. And his versatility will be a strong test against the stingy Spartans, who are allowing 11.8 points per game this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan State: QB Connor Cook. When the season began, there was little doubt the defense would hold up in the rugged Big Ten. The question was whether the Spartans could keep up in the scoring column, and the sophomore from Ohio has provided that spark.



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