The Michigan State Spartans return to Spartan Stadium to take on the No. 3/3 Ohio State Buckeyes. The matchup marks an opportunity for 12 Spartans from Ohio to battle against their home state program. Ohio players played an important role in 2013 and 2015 upsets of Ohio State, the last two matchups where MSU was able to notch victories in the lopsided series (OSU leads 35-15 all-time).
Despite Ohio State having such a large lead in the series, Michigan State does have a history of upsets. MSU has upset OSU five times when the Buckeyes were ranked in the top-five (No. 5 in 1972, No. 1 in 1974, No. 1 in 1998, No. 2 in 2013, No. 2 in 2015). The Spartans also feature two additional wins when Ohio State was ranked in the top-10 (No. 7 in 1951 and No. 9 in 1971). Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker was also a graduate assistant on the staff under then head coach Nick Saban in the 1998 upset win.
Michigan State has fallen on hard times since the last victory in the series in 2015. While The Spartans performed a herculean effort in 2016 that saw the eventual 3-9 home team fall just 17-16 to then No. 6 Ohio State, MSU has lost by an average of 35 points since then.
No. 3/3 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0) vs. Michigan State Spartans (2-3, 0-2)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Kickoff: 4:06 p.m. ET
Odds according to DraftKings Sports Book: Michigan State is a 27-point underdog against Ohio State with the over/under set at 65.
Web/Mobile: WatchESPN/ESPN app
Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler
Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit
Sidelines: Holly Rowe
RADIO: Spartan Media Network
Play-by-Play: George Blaha
Analyst: Jayson Strayhorn
Sideline: Jehuu Caulcrick
Broadcast Host: Will Tieman
Website/Mobile: msuspartans.com/MSU Spartans app/Tune In radio
Flagship Stations: Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM)/WJIM (1240 AM); Detroit: WJR (760 AM); Grand Rapids: WBFX (101.3 FM)
Affiliates: 24 affiliates listed at msuspartans.com
Satellite: Ch. 108/208 (Sirius/XM), Ch. 964 (SiriusXM.com/App)
Pre-game Show: Begins at 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Stadium: Spartan Stadium (74,866)
Surface: Natural Grass
All-Time Series: OSU leads, 35-15
Series in East Lansing: OSU leads, 18-5
Last Meeting: Michigan State 7, Ohio State 56 (2021)
Current Series Streak: OSU with six (2016-present)
Michigan State Head Coach: Mel Tucker
MSU Record: 15-10 (third year)
Overall Record: 20-17 (fourth year)
Record vs. Ohio State: 0-2
Ohio State Head Coach: Ryan Day
Ohio State Record: 39-4 (fourth year)
Overall Record: 39-4 (fourth year)
Record vs. MSU: 3-0
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