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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set to host Michigan State in primetime

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K.J. Hill and Ohio State face a tough Michigan State defense in primetime Saturday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set to host Michigan State in primetime

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ohio State-Michigan State game time, details

Ohio State leads the all-time series against Michigan State 32-15 and has won three straight. This week is Homecoming for Ohio State; the Buckeyes are 72-19-5 in Homecoming Games. Ohio State is 15-5 in home night games.

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Weather: 69 degrees with a 0 percent chance of rain

The line: The Buckeyes are a 21.5-point favorite, per BetDSI

Over/under: 49.5 points

Tyreke Smith, Branden Bowen back in Ohio State lineup

After missing last week’s game against Nebraska, both Tyreke Smith and Branden Bowen will be back in the lineup for the Buckeyes against Michigan State.

The Buckeyes will be at full strength along the offensive line, but they can’t seem to get healthy in the defensive front. Tyler Friday is a game-time decision, while Teradja Mitchell will miss his second consecutive game. Taron Vincent has been out for every game this season.

Senior captain wide receiver C.J. Saunders is a game-time decision; he hasn’t played yet this season.

Here’s the full availability report as announced on Friday by the program, making note that Ohio State doesn’t differentiate between injuries or disciplinary matters:

Game-time decisions

TE Rashod Berry

DE Tyler Friday

H-B C.J. Saunders


WR Kamryn Babb

DT Noah Donald

WR Elijah Gardiner

DB Ronnie Hickman

LB Teradja Mitchell

DT Taron Vincent

Bold predictions for Ohio State primetime matchup against Michigan State

What can be expected of the Buckeyes as they come back home for their first ranked opponent of the season? Who will make a difference in the annual Homecoming Game for Ohio State? The Lettermen Row staff passed out five bold predictions ahead of the primetime tilt with the Spartans. Here’s what our staff predicted to see.

Miss any of our coverage so far this week?

Stick with Lettermen Row for game day coverage

Lettermen Row will be on site in Columbus for wall-to-wall coverage of the top-25 matchup between the Buckeyes and the Spartans. Follow along on TwitterInstagram and YouTube for experienced Ohio State coverage.

Buckeyes land four-star defensive lineman

Jacolbe Cowan, a four-star defensive lineman from North Carolina, chose the Buckeyes over Georgia and others on Friday night. Cowan, the country’s 15th ranked defensive tackle according to 247sports composite rankings, gives the Buckeyes a versatile member of the 2020 class, which is on pace to be a top-five class in America.

Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm will have the latest from Cowan and the Buckeyes as they finish the 2020 class in the coming months.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second 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.