MSU @ OSU (noon) and Penn State @ Michigan (3:30)
It really pees me off that OSU is now trying to "salvage" their season after two losses in games that, IMO, they should/could have won. They're giving Tressel hell over Columbus for his putrid (and predictable) offense, which is last overall in the Big Ten. Their defense is first overall in the Big Ten; but that just shows that no matter how good your "D" is, if you have no offense, you can kiss any chance at a National title goodbye.
I know, I know - they won it back in 2002 with a solid defense. But they also had some semblence of an offense too.
MSU's offense is second in the nation only to USC. I think it's gonna be another long day for the Bucks (even at home). The game this week pits the Big Ten's No. 1 defense (Ohio State) against the league's most prolific offense (Michigan State). The Buckeyes, who enter the game at 3-2 and 1-1 following the 17-10 loss at unbeaten Penn State last week, are allowing 166 yards a game. They lead the Big Ten in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense and are second in passing defense. The Spartans, who are 4-1 on the year and 1-1 in conference play, are averaging 560 yards and 46 points a game. They lead the league in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense.
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan State 23-12 and has won 12 of the 19 games played in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won three in a row from the Spartans, including a 32-19 decision last year in East Lansing. Michigan State's last win in Columbus was a 28-24 decision in 1998 that knocked OSU from the unbeaten ranks and out of the national championship picture.
I'm a Michigan fan this weekend only. Hope the Wolverines can do to Penn State what they did to Michigan State earlier this year.