Buckeyes host Michigan St with Big Ten East up for grabs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State couldn’t take much time to stew about its bad loss to Iowa last week. The Buckeyes had to get their minds right to play Michigan State with some emotion Saturday because the Big Ten East title is still there for the taking.

No. 13 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 12) visits Columbus riding high after last week’s 27-24 victory over then-No. 7 Penn State. Thanks to Ohio State’s loss, the Spartans find themselves in a first-place tie with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten East, and the winner Saturday will have the upper hand with two conference games remaining.

”Where we’re at right now is pretty much where we wanted to be, in control of our own situation,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said this week.

With their national championship hopes dashed after being routed by Iowa, the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1, CFP No. 13) are facing some of the biggest questions of the season. Will they play just as hard now that making the College Football Playoff is likely off the table? Is a Big Ten title motivation enough for a program that routinely has a national championship in its sights?

Coach Urban Meyer believes his team will show up.

”We’ve got to move forward and put our laser lights

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/buckeyes-host-michigan-st-with-big-ten-east-up-for-grabs-111017

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