The people whom I listen to on football predictions, almost to a man, tell me Michigan State won't win at Ohio State on Saturday. I'm thinking the Spartans can do it and if they're ever going to do it on the road in this series this Saturday has to be the day. MSU has not won in Columbus since 1997 and that was a big upset for Nick Saban against the number one ranked team in the country under John Cooper. But it's been all losses in a variety of ways since then.
Obviously MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins has to have a banner day, which I think he can have, but not off what I've seen thus far. Cousins and his teammates are being kept away from the media this week-- like that determines who wins and loses, but other schools do it at times too. MSU's defense has to adjust to OSU freshman quarterback Braxton Miller who can run like the wind, but OSU's passing attack is ranked 109th in the country. Does all that mean anything? Who knows, the games change from week to week.
I'm leary about MSU winning on the road since Ohio State may be better than Notre Dame and MSU lost that game by 18 points. I don't think there's much benefit by beating up on the three weakest teams I ever saw play in Spartan Stadium in September. I thought State would be 3-1 at this point prior to the season and losing at Ohio State-- but the Buckeyes don't impress me all that much either. Maybe this comes down to the home team and it's as simple as that. I'll bet it's relatively low scoring and close as expected.