Grumpy Old Buckeye: Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Tony Gerdeman

Staff member
  • May 28, 2020
    Ohio State entered Saturday against No. 7 Michigan State as the favorites, but few foresaw the absolute beatdown the Buckeyes applied in a 56-7 victory over the Spartans. This was a match-up that always favored Ohio State’s offense against a Spartan defense that entered allowing the most yards per game passing in the country, but there was still the matter of keeping CJ Stroud upright and being able to run the ball enough to keep the defense honest. On the other side, the Buckeye defense was coming off a much-criticized performance against Purdue and had to contend with Heisman Trophy favorite Kenneth Walker III and the MSU running game.

    Here are the parts of Saturday’s game that had me scolding an uncaring television set:

    Not the Strongest Start

    Ohio State started the game by nearly failing to field the opening kickoff, setting up difficult field position. That field position got even worse when Chris Olave committed a false start before the first snap of the game. That...

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