The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated, but they can’t afford a loss if they want to make it to the College Football Playoff semifinals. And that’s the focus of the Michigan State Spartans: to cause the Buckeyes’ CFP hopes to crumble with a win this coming Saturday. Check our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans NCAA Week 14 College Football Game on December 5, 2020
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
When: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (odds)
Record: 4-0 Overall / 4-0 Conference
The Buckeyes got tested by the Indiana Hoosiers in their last game, but Ohio State was still too much to handle for Michael Penix Jr. and company. Ohio State scored a 42-35 win over Indiana at home, despite Justin Fields throwing away three interceptions. It was not a memorable day in terms of individual performance for Fields, who still managed to pass for 300 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-30 completions. Instead, it was a day to remember for Master Teague and the Buckeyes’ ground attack, which had 307 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 50 carries. Ohio State has now rushed for over 200 yards in their first four games of the season. Defensively, Ohio State can come away with extra possessions against Michigan State, which is so prone to turnovers. The Spartans have committed 15 turnovers this season and eight over their last three games.
The over is 2-0 in Ohio State’s last two games overall.
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (odds)
Record: 2-3 Overall / 2-3 Conference
The Spartans got a morale-boosting 29-20 win over the Northwestern Wildcats last Saturday at home, with Michigan State’s defense stepping up. The Spartans had two interceptions and forced two lost fumbles by Northwestern. Junior cornerback Shakur Brown had both of those interceptions, and he’ll be prowling for more picks against Justin Fields, who’s coming off a shaky performance against Indiana. The Spartans’ run defense has been air-tight of late. Michigan State made Indiana collect a minus-one rushing yard two weeks ago then allowed just 63 rushing yards on 37 carries to Northwestern. That should send a warning to Ohio State’s rushing attack. Michigan State is allowing just 3.9 rushing yards per carry, so far this season.
The Spartans, who don’t have to travel for the Ohio State game, have seen the total hit the under in six of their last 10 contests at home.
Ohio State wins, 45-21.
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