Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/26/12

The Ohio State Buckeyes don’t exactly have all that much to play for this year. They are on postseason probation, thus can’t win the Big Ten and can’t play in a bowl game. However, Head Coach Urban Meyer has his team buying into the fact that a 12-0 season would be of the utmost importance, especially if it can wreck the year of so many other teams in the Big Ten. The first team on tap on the conference slate is the Michigan State Spartans in a game played at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

QB Braxton Miller is going to have his work cut out for him going against an MSU defense that has allowed just 233.5 yards and 11.8 points per game this year. The Spartans know that they have one of the best defenses in the country. The question is whether the offense can keep up or not.

There is no shame in averaging 405.2 yards per game, but scoring just 21.0 points per game won’t cut it in the Big Ten. RB Le’Veon Bell has 610 yards on the ground and five total TDs this year, which is great, but QB Andrew Maxwell just hasn’t been all that efficient. The junior has thrown for 869 yards, but he has just three TDs and three picks.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are coming to town with a ‘D’ that has been prone to giving up the big play. As a result, OSU is allowing 399.0 yards per game, but just 17.2 points per game. Meyer thinks that this is still one of the best defenses that the Big Ten has to offer, and this is the chance to prove it against the unit that is perceived to be the best right now.

The road team has made for great college football picks in this series in four games in a row, covering all four point spreads. Michigan State is favored by approximately home field advantage, just three points. The ‘total’ has opened at 43.5.

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