In Mark Dantonio’s first season as Michigan State’s head coach in 2007, his unranked underdog Spartans gave then No. 1 Ohio State their first real test of the season. The Buckeyes survived that scare in Columbus 24-17. But that game ten years ago was the last time OSU actually beat Michigan State in Columbus, with Dantonio going 2-0 in the Horseshoe since.
Since Meyer’s arrival in 2012, the Michigan State game has become a rivalry marked by road team dominance and upsets. In the Meyer-Dantonio era, the home team is a whopping 0-4, the favorite has never covered the spread, and only once has the favorite actually won outright (that was last year when a Buckeye team favored by 21 won by a single point 17-16). But Las Vegas doesn’t really care about series history (and may not have even watched any football last weekend, to be honest). The Buckeyes stand as a more than two touchdown favorite headed into Saturday. But after OSU fell apart against Iowa and Sparty downed Penn State last weekend, that’s a line that — if recent history is any indicator — is unlikely to hold.
- Buckeye Talk: A bad day for Ohio State? Or larger program problems?, Cleveland.com – November 10
- J.K. Dobbins’ success running vs. Spartans is key for Buckeyes, Tim May, Columbus Dispatch – November 9
- Hey Ohio State, just give the ball to J.K. Dobbins already, Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.com – November 9
- Michigan State is well-built to upset Ohio State, Chad Peltier, Land-Grant Holy Land – November 9
- Ezekiel Elliott’s Six-Game NFL Suspension is Back On, Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors – November 9
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