Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Michigan State

By Chase Brown on October 8, 2022 at 5:00 am

Ohio State's first road test of the season is here.

Too bad it probably won't be much of a test. The Buckeyes have one of the nation's best offenses, and the Spartans have one of the nation's worst defenses in 2022. That's not a good combo for Mel Tucker and Michigan State.

Ohio State should exploit their opponent's weaknesses several times on Saturday behind the talented arm of C.J. Stroud and his next-level receivers Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Ebugka and Julian Fleming. Of course, Jaxon Smith-Njigba could also give it a go this weekend, but I'm not holding my breath.

In the running game, Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson are both starters in the mind of Tony Alford, and Ryan Day believes they've both been effective in their respective roles this season. Day stressed the importance of running the football while on the road in the Big Ten, so I'd love to see the Buckeye offense also rely heavily on getting the football into their Henderson's hands this afternoon.

On defense, Jim Knowles continues to deliver for the Silver Bullets. Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers have unlocked a new gear and the defensive line as a whole has impressed in several different areas. Ohio State should have a dominant day against the Michigan State offense, helping Ohio State claim another blowout win in conference play.

The Buckeyes win this one big, 56-13.

 TODAY'S MENU. There’s an incredible slate of college football games on tap for Saturday. I've bolded the ones I find intriguing but feel free to look at the whole selection.

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Louisville at Virginia 12:00pm ACCN
Arkansas at 23 Mississippi State 12:00pm SECN
Missouri at Florida 12:00pm ESPNU
8 Tennessee at 25 LSU 12:00pm ESPN
17 TCU at 19 Kansas 12:00pm FS1
Texas vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas, TX) 12:00pm ABC
4 Michigan at Indiana 12:00pm FOX
Purdue at Maryland 12:00pm BTN
Buffalo at Bowling Green 12:00pm ESPN+
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan 12:00pm CBSSN
Akron at Ohio 2:00pm ESPN3
Georgia Southern at Georgia State 2:00pm ESPN3
USF at 24 Cincinnati 2:30pm ESPN+
Kent State at Miami (Ohio) 3:30pm ESPN+
Ball State at Central Michigan 3:30pm ESPN+
Virginia Tech at Pitt 3:30pm ACCN
Middle Tennessee at UAB 3:30pm Stadium
East Carolina at Tulane 3:30pm ESPNU
Tulsa at Navy 3:30pm CBSSN
Toledo at NIU 3:30pm ESPN+
Wisconsin at Northwestern 3:30pm BTN
Texas Tech at 7 Oklahoma State 3:30pm FS1
Auburn at 2 Georgia 3:30pm CBS
Liberty at UMass 3:30pm ESPN+
11 Utah at 18 UCLA 3:30pm FOX
21 Washington at Arizona State 4:00pm P12N
3 Ohio State at Michigan State 4:00pm ABC
Duke at Georgia Tech 4:00pm RSN/ESPN3
North Carolina at Miami (FL) 4:00pm ESPN2
9 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 4:00pm SECN
WKU at UTSA 6:00pm ESPN+
Appalachian State at Texas State 7:00pm ESPN+
UTEP at Louisiana Tech 7:00pm ESPN+
Southern Miss at Troy 7:00pm ESPN+
James Madison at Arkansas State 7:00pm NFLN
Air Force at Utah State 7:00pm FS1
Wyoming at New Mexico 7:00pm CBSSN
UConn at FIU 7:00pm ESPN3
South Carolina at 13 Kentucky 7:30pm SECN
20 Kansas State at Iowa State 7:30pm ESPNU
Washington State at 6 USC 7:30pm FOX
Iowa at Illinois 7:30pm BTN
5 Clemson at Boston College 7:30pm ABC
16 BYU vs. Notre Dame (in Las Vegas, NV) 7:30pm NBC/Peacock
Army at 15 Wake Forest 7:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at ULM 8:00pm ESPN+
Texas A&M at 1 Alabama 8:00pm CBS
Florida State at 14 NC State 8:00pm ACCN
12 Oregon at Arizona 9:00pm P12N
Fresno State at Boise State 9:45pm FS1
Oregon State at Stanford 11:00pm ESPN

 BACK TO THE BUCKEYES.  Earlier this week, we ran a poll that asked which Ohio State loss to Michigan State hurt the most as a Buckeye fan. The winner was the 1998 matchup between the programs – a game that ended 28-24 in favor of the Spartans.

I don't share this only to rub salt in the wounds for you all. That's not my intention. The purpose of showing you clips from one of the most devastating losses in Ohio State football history is that Michigan State could be trying to recreate some of the magic from that game in 2022.

On Saturday, Michigan State will wear helmets that are similar (if not identical) to the ones the Spartans wore when they upset Ohio State in the 1998 season. While it could be a coincidence, I believe it's pretty easy to read between the lines and find that they are looking to recreate some of the magic their team had against the Buckeyes long ago.

In my opinion, this move from Michigan State should make this year's Ohio State team want to bury the Spartans ever more to honor the former Buckeyes who suffered an untimely defeat to their Big Ten rival, likely costing them a chance to win the national championship. 

But, again, that's just my opinion. I'm taking the 27 points in favor of Ohio State and smashing the over. The Buckeyes didn't need any bulletin board material to cover the spread because they'll probably do that anyway, but I'm sure a little fuel to the fire makes a big win that much sweeter.

 MY PICKS. Making picks on college football games is hard, but I'm having fun doing them. Here are a few more selections for the Week 6 slate that are sure to be right!

2022 RECORD: 7-8

  • No. 17 TCU at No. 19 Kansas (+6.5) - ESPN College GameDay is in Lawrence, Kansas, for the first time ever. Do you really think that Lance Leipold and Jalon Daniels are going to squander that opportunity for the Jayhawks? Rock Chalk all day, baby.
  • Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama (-24.5) - I don't really like either of these teams, but I love the matchup. Nick Saban picked a fight with Jimbo Fisher in the offseason, and Fisher retaliated strongly. Those aren't things that Saban forgets easily. Alabama is coming to end the Aggies for good on Saturday.
  • Tulsa at Navy (+5.5) - Upset special! Navy is 1-3 this season, but they have an impressive win over East Carolina in overtime. I've also loved how they've competed through their first four games. Give me the Midshipmen and the amazing triple option this weekend.

 THE SPARTAN DOSSIER. We had a full week of coverage leading up to the Michigan State game. Here is everything you need to know about Ohio State's matchup with the Spartans:

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses.

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