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Ohio State opens as heavy home favorite against Michigan State

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Justin Fields and the Buckeyes are a home favorite against Michigan State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State opens as heavy home favorite against Michigan State

COLUMBUS — Ohio State had plenty of questions around the program entering the season.

Well, most of those have been put to bed, and after the latest answered question in a primetime road win over Nebraska, the Buckeyes will enter their first home night game of the season as a 17-point favorite over Michigan State, according to

The Buckeyes have opened as a double-digit favorite in all six games so far this season.

Ohio State decimated an upstart Nebraska team that seems to be on the rise on Saturday night in Lincoln. Behind two first-half interceptions by Jeff Okudah and a dominant defensive performance, the Buckeyes shut Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez down. And after another masterpiece from Justin Fields and the Ohio State offense, the Buckeyes silenced an electric crowd for the Cornhuskers.

But the goal for the season wasn’t just to beat Nebraska. The Buckeyes have big plans for the rest of the season, and the primetime road win was just another step. At the same time, Ohio State coach Ryan Day will enjoy the win before prepping for the Spartans.

“Any time you go on the road and have to win a night game, we know it’s not easy in this conference,” Day said. “That’s just one other game. We’re 1-0 on Saturday night, and that’s the goal. We regroup tomorrow and we’re after Michigan State.”

The Spartans, meanwhile, will come to Columbus as an underdog fresh off a last-minute win over Indiana. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke had 300 passing yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who improved to 4-1 on the season. The Spartans are 2-0 in Big Ten play.

Ohio State is 4-1 against the spread this season. The Buckeyes lone failure to cover came in the season opener against Florida Atlantic. Michigan State is 2-3 against the spread, and the Spartans didn’t cover last week against Indiana.

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Bryan Betts

Weather is the only thing that can help Michigan State. It has been their best friend against us twice in the last 5 years. Glad this game is in early october…Whenever we play The Dantonios it is usually 25 degrees with driving rain and sleet, accompanied by 30 mile per hour swirling winds.

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Brian yakata

Mich st js different than neb. We have to stop the run and force mich to pass. If we get turnovers or some 3 and outs we can beat the spread. I look for garrett, olave, and victor to have big games. I hope fields doesn’t have to run that much.


Great article young man, I really enjoy reading your columns

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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