When: Nov. 8
Ah, yes. Some good old-fashioned in-the-trenches matchups.
The Big Ten East Division title could come down to an early-November game between Michigan State and Ohio State. Last season, the Spartans had perhaps the nastiest defensive line in the country. This year, that could be said about Ohio State.
Leading the Buckeyes along the experienced D-line will be senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who was second on the team a year ago in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (seven).
Working the interior of the Spartans' offensive line will be junior center Jack Allen, a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media. Allen will be one of the keys to protecting quarterback Connor Cook.
Once again, Michigan State and Ohio State could play a tough, low-scoring game.
Which O-line will be able to protect its quarterback better?
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats reflect university calculated numbers.