Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes beat Indiana Hoosiers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State vs. Ohio State odds, preview and prediction

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are one victory away from claiming a spot in Pasadena to play for the national championship. Their offensive onslaught has got them to this point, but to get past this obstacle, they’ll have to figure out a way to get by one of the best defenses in the country in the Michigan State Spartans.

Ohio State completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season last week when they barely survived an upset bid from rival Michigan. It went right down to the final seconds, but the Buckeyes defense came up big in stopping the Wolverines’ potential game-winning two-point try, and sending them into this game undefeated.

As g0od as the defense has been throughout the year, though, it’s the Buckeyes offense that has once again led this charge. QB Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are one of the best one-two punch backfields in the nation, causing headaches for everyone in front of them.

But, they have yet to see anything like they’re going to see on Saturday night in Michigan State.

This Spartans defense is only giving up an average of 237 yards per game and 11 points. They know how to figure out what clicks for every offense they face, and more importantly, they figure out how to stop it.

Date: Dec. 7

Start Time: 8:17 PM ET

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Stadium: Lucas Oil Field

TV Info: FOX

Odds: Ohio State -6

Prediction: Regardless of what you think of the Big Ten, this is everything you can ask for in a football game. This is the best offense in the conference against the best defense. The irresistible force against the immovable object.

This Michigan State defense needs to figure out a way to put the game solely in Braxton Miller’s hands, by taking Carlo Hyde out of it. When Miller doesn’t have that safety valve of a dominant run game behind him, he’s prone to make some mistakes.

The question for the Michigan State offense is whether or not Connor Cook can play consistently and not turn the ball over. Which, I think he can do and the Spartans will pull off the upset.

Final Score: Michigan State 21, Ohio State 17

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  • Josh Hart

    Michigan State also hasn’t seen anything close to Ohio States offense. Ohio state 28 Michigan State 17

  • zeeba

    Yep – I think a lot of national pundits are going to be surprised by
    this one. But if you compare their overall performance in Big 10 games
    this year, MSU has never really been at risk of losing, while OSU has
    had to pull out a few in the fourth quarter. The key is Connor Cook and the MSU receivers – if they have a decent game, I can’t see OSU winning this one.


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