The Spartans entered the season ranked No. 13 in ESPN's College Football Poll, USA Today Poll and the AP poll. By the time they play Ohio State, they'll have beaten two nationally-ranked teams. The Spartans should be breaking the top 10 in national rankings by kickoff in week five.
The Ohio State Buckeyes entered the season ranking No. 18 in only the AP poll, according to Fox Sports.
Braxton Miller is coming off a tremendous year where he was starting mid-way through the season as a true freshman. Even though Ohio State can't go to a bowl game or play for the Big Ten Championship, they'd still certainly like to shake things up in the national rankings as well as the conference rankings.
This season the Buckeyes are coming to East Lansing to face Michigan State. This will benefit the Spartans because of the fans at Spartan Stadium, and—with Ohio State under new leadership (Urban Meyer)—the Buckeyes would like to beat Michigan State and start his era off on the right foot.
The lessons learned from Central and Eastern Michigan will come into play this game. The team will be playing as one unit by now and know how to win when times get tough.
The Spartan will also have played two nationally-ranked teams coming into this game and have beaten them both which will only be more momentum for the Spartans as their confidence will run high.
Coming into this game, the Buckeyes will not have played any nationally-ranked teams and none of these teams would of challenged the Buckeyes for any of their wins. The game against the Spartans will be a big game for Ohio State, but the Buckeyes will fall short because of the lack of competition in their schedule up to this point.
The Spartans will go into week five undefeated, ranking high in the polls and ready for the next opportunity to show the nation why they deserve a shot at the National Championship.