Sparty Linebacker Chris Frey: Michigan State “in the Driver's Seat” Ahead of Trip to Columbus

By D.J. Byrnes on November 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Chris Frey talks those yams
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Ohio State losing always makes waves in the Big Ten, but especially when the Buckeyes suffer a hiding at the hands of a diabolical Iowa team. Turns out other Big Ten coaches can't even keep the news from their players when playing.

Somehow Penn State running back Saquon Barkley learned of the Buckeyes' demise and informed Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey, a three-star prospect from Upper Arlington, midway through the fourth quarter of their contest last Saturday.

The Nittany Lions, of course, went on to suffer their own upset loss, 27-24. Afterwards, Frey spoke about the incident.

From the Spartan News Network:

"We were midway through the fourth quarter, and I was actually covering Saquon Barkley down the field. And he actually, after the play, was like, 'Ohio State's losing. They're down big. We're playing for a championship right now.'

"I kinda just laughed. I didn't know they had lost at that point but I knew they were down big."

Despite opening as a 15.5-point underdog Sunday, the Spartans won't lack for confidence ahead of a trip to Columbus. The home team hasn't won in the series since 2007.

"We're in the Driver's seat right now. All of our dreams and everything we want is in front of us. We have a very tough task ahead of us in Columbus, and we're ready to get after it."

Like Ohio State, Michigan State has yet to lose to a Big Ten East foe. Sounds like it should be a slobberknocker in Columbus on Saturday. Urban Meyer said Monday the toughest team usually wins.

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