Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Michigan State Passing Offense: 189.2 yards per game (11th in Big Ten)
Ohio State Passing Defense: 229.9 yards per game (6th in Big Ten)
Bradley Roby and the Ohio State secondary didn't get off on the right foot this season and neither did the Michigan State passing attack.
Fast forward 10 games and the two units are in different spots. Michigan State has figured some things out offensively, but Ohio State's secondary has struggled a bit more in Big Ten play.
The Buckeyes are giving up nearly 250 yards a game passing, which is 10th in the conference. Additionally, Ohio State has given up 11 touchdowns passing in Big Ten play—that's tied for the second third most in conference action.
However, don't let the numbers fool you, Ohio State has played better in recent weeks. After giving up insane numbers to Jared Abbrederis (207 yards) in the Big Ten opener, Ohio State hasn't allowed another receiver over 200 yards.
Meanwhile, MSU's Connor Cook has found his relationship growing with Bennie Fowler and Macgarrett Kings, and it has led the team to better numbers nearly every week. In Big Ten play the unit is averaging 212.8 yards a game through the air.
It's not a perfect unit and some of that is because of an offensive line that was in flux for a while. However, it can do some damage.
Again, a look up front should scare Michigan State because Ohio State leads the conference in sacks with 32 coming into the weekend.
On the other hand, Michigan State has only allowed nine sacks all year. Part of that is the offensive line's doing, but its also the fact that Connor Cook is good at escaping pressure.
He will see pressure from the front seven of Ohio State and that's the biggest difference maker. Once again, Michigan State's numbers are skewed by not having to face Ohio State or Wisconsin from the Leaders Division and a very weak nonconference schedule.
Advantage: Ohio State—but it's closer than you think.