Ohio State vs. Michigan State: TV Schedule, Radio, Game Time & More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 1:  Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans breaks through the defensive line of the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 1, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Michigan State and Ohio State will kick off their Big Ten season when the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to battle the Spartans.  

The No. 21 Spartans are coming off an easy 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. With the win they improved their record to 3-1, but the question marks around this team still linger after they were worked over by Notre Dame, 20-3, the week before.

Meanwhile, the No. 16 Buckeyes have yet to taste defeat in their four games under new coach Urban Meyer. However, all four games have been at home, and they have yet to face a team in the top 25. 

This will be a proving ground for both teams. 


Where: Spartan Stadium in in East Lansing, Michigan

When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch:  ABC

Listen: Ohio State radio networks, Michigan State radio networkLive streaming radio

Betting Line: Michigan State -3 according to Bet Online on Sept. 24

Key Storyline: Is Michigan State really a top 25 team? 

Michigan State is the 16th-ranked team in the country, but does this team deserve it? The Spartans' offense was completely overmatched against Notre Dame.

If an opposition is able to shut down running back Le'Veon Bell, it looks like the Michigan State will have a hard time moving the ball. 

So look for the Buckeyes to stack the box and take away the run, and we'll see if the post-Kirk Cousins offense can get something going. 

If Michigan State can't put up over 20 against an Ohio State that allowed Cal to rush for 224 yards, they are in for a long season. 


Who Might Not Play for Ohio Stats

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Sept. 24. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: RB Adam Homan (shoulder) , DL Michael Bennett (groin)

Out: RB Warren Ball (foot)


Who Might Not Play for Michigan State

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Sept. 24. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: T Fou Fonoti (foot), DL Brandon Clemens (foot)


What They're Saying: Ohio State's Struggles? 

The Buckeyes may be 4-0, but that doesn't mean Urban Meyer is happy with how his team is playing. 

In fact, as the Associated Press' Rusty Miller points out, Meyer has been "pained" by his players passivity, but that certainly doesn't mean he does see big things from this team. 

Miller provides this quote from Meyer, “I still am not giving up. I think by the end of the year this might be a hell of a football team. I mean, it might be sooner than that.”

In fact, Meyer made a point of showing his players how good this team can be. Here is another passage from Miller's piece:

Meyer had a short clip of highlights created that he showed to the Buckeyes on Sunday. Here was offensive tackle Reid Fragel laying out a defender 10 yards downfield, there was defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins leveling a ball-carrier.

The offense looked invincible, the defense was unyielding.

Meyer said the video made the players feel better about themselves. Since he said he felt terrible about his team after the game, it also improved his spirits.

“I just put together a reel of four drives and it was about as well as we’ve played all year,” he said. With a grin, he added, “I did that more for me, I think. I have to eat lunch and I wasn’t about to eat lunch after what I saw.”

The players loved it.

“I felt better, even moreso than about myself, but the entire offense,” center Corey Linsley said. “It kind of showed everybody how good we can be.”


Ohio State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, QB

As Braxton Miller goes, so goes the Buckeyes' offense. The sophomore QB has thrown for 754 yards at a 61 percent completion rate and hit for seven touchdowns to only two interceptions. 

He is also easily the team's leading rusher with 441 yards gained at 6.6 yards per carry and seven touchdowns. 

However, this offense has grown stagnant for stretches and Miller's accuracy can come and go. This will be a huge test for the young QB. 


Michigan State Player to Watch: Le'Veon Bell, RB

As we talked about above, this offense needs their 245-pound back to put up big numbers, and Le'Veon has answered the bell (I apologize for that) on most occasions.

The bruising back already has gained 610 yards this season, and he is averaging 29.25 carries per game. 

He will get the ball early and often in this one. 

Key Matchup: Ohio State's run defense vs. Michigan State's pass defense

After reading this preview, this probably doesn't even need to be mentioned. Ohio State has to find a way to contain Bell or they are done. He will run them ragged. 

If they can limit his production and force Michigan State into numerous passing downs, this will be an interesting game. 


Prediction: Michigan State 27, Ohio State 20

Playing their first road game and having it be against a top 25 school will prove to be more than the Buckeyes are ready to handle.