Ohio State leads Michigan State 3-0

Ohio State leads Michigan State 3-0

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The No. 25 Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) are facing No. 4 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ABC) and will be without redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Blake Bueter, who is not dressed for the game.

The Spartans beat Ohio State in 2011, 2013 and 2015 - and those were all pretty special seasons at Michigan State. Chewins hasn't played this season due to a back injury, Arcuri is missing his fourth straight game while Jarvis suffered an apparent leg injury in a September 14 loss to Arizona State that will sideline him for six to seven weeks. It closes the season with a pair of ranked opponents, too, with now-No. 12 Penn State and No. 19 MI serving as the concluding weeks of the Buckeyes' 2019 regular-season schedule. OSU topped MSU 26-6 a year ago. The Spartans' lone loss came in a 10-7 defeat to 20th-ranked Arizona State at home.

Quarterback Brian Lewerke has been responsible for Michigan State and its 31.6-ppg offense. He's the only quarterback in the country with a passing and rushing touchdown in all five games this season.

Michigan State is 4-and-1 overall and 2-and-0 in the Big Ten. He ranks second in the nation in total rushing yards (654) and averaged 130.8 yards per game, third-best in the FBS. Lead rusher Elijah Collins has been strong with 5.3 yards-per-attempt and three touchdowns. No other backfield options are really producing much. The Buckeyes have only allowed four opposing touchdowns this season and have made as much of living off a stalwart defense as they have off an explosive offense. Darrell Stewart Jr. (35-556-3) has been unstoppable thus far and will need to avoid any drops. Tight end plays are a highly featured part of the Spartans attack and both Seybert and Dodson have the hands to make it work.

Michigan State has been so good defensively, but now it approaches one of the most well-rounded offenses in college football: What can the Michigan State defense manage to do against Fields and company?

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