The loss against Notre Dame was disturbing, but the Spartans had a chance to get a tune-up before the Ohio State matchup when they hosted Eastern Michigan a week ago.
The Spartans won the game 23-7, but they did not play especially well.
Le'Veon Bell rushed the rock for a career- high 253 yards on the day, but outside of his contributions, the Spartans put up a lackluster performance.
The offense sputtered and struggled to get into the end zone. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell became the victim of six dropped passes and the receiving corps did not execute properly until the fourth quarter.
The Spartans were trailing until late in the third quarter and had to rely on field goals to catch up. The team had a break-out fourth quarter that allowed the Spartans to pull away, but if they play this way against the Buckeyes they could suffer their second loss of the season.