Ohio State is favored by 6 over Michigan State. This is a Buckeye team that needed a boneheaded call for a 2 point conversion by Brady Hoke to beat Michigan after giving up 41 points. As the ES recalls, the Spartans gave up just 6 points to the Wolvies and beat them by 23 points.
Check out the coaches poll, as the Spartans creep up to #9. Can't wait to see the BCS rankings this evening... ES expects a #9 ranking by the computers.
|USA Today Poll|
|1||Florida State (58)||12-0||1546|
|2||Ohio State (4)||12-0||1462|
- Dropped from rankings: USC 23
- Others receiving votes: Miami (FL) 47, Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 18, Iowa 13, Marshall 13, USC 10, Washington 6, Virginia Tech 4, Minnesota 4, Notre Dame 3, Ball State 1
Two stats that really pop out from the game yesterday: 1) Minnesota getting just 249 yards (and 124 on the ground) but needing nearly 39 minutes to do it. That's a lot of time for very few yards. It was the only time this year Michigan State lost the time of possession battle. What it tells the ES is the Spartan defense bent but didn't break; and actually stiffened near the red zone. Minny finished 1-3 in the redzone. And, the Spartans had 11 tackles for loss, including 4 sacks on the day. Wow. 2) MSU 0-8 on third downs. A surprising stat that needs to be improved if the Spartans are to defeat Ohio State.
Yesterday, Michigan State played probably the best team on its schedule this season. The Gophers are an impressive squad, and David Cobb, who gained 101 yards on 27 carries (3.7 per carry) was the best RB the Spartans have faced all year. Good timing as take on the Buckeyes!
Here are the stats from yesterday:
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Yards per pass
Yards per rush