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Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Why the Spartans Have the Better Defense
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One of the bigger matchups of Week 5 will be when the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to play the Michigan State Spartans. These are the two highest-rated Big Ten teams at the moment and should provide us with a terrific battle. Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by 14 points or less.

Many eyes will be focused on quarterback Braxton Miller and how he is able to handle the pressure of the Michigan State defense. But the Buckeyes defense isn't too shabby, as a total of nine starters returned from a unit that ranked fifth in the conference last season. Still, the Spartans have the best defense of any other team in this conference, including the team they host this weekend.

Let's break down both squads and see why Michigan State has the advantage on the defensive side of the ball.

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