At least in the circles I have, no Buckeyes fans have really been talking about the Michigan State Spartans. Everyone I know seems to jump straight ahead to the chance Ohio State has to make a name for themselves against Penn State on October 25th. This is a big mistake. Let’s hope Jim Tressel hasn’t overlooked the Michigan State Spartans in any way shape or form. Plus, a team that beats Purdue without actually scoring an offensive touchdown shouldn’t be allowed to overlook anyone on the schedule.
Michigan State is a good football team. They haven’t really played anyone of note since losing by a touchdown to Cal in week one. They also beat Notre Dame 23-7 and you can consider that win however you like. The bottom line is this. The Spartans have a good record 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan State also has Javon Ringer, senior running back. Already this season Ringer has over 1000 yards and 14 touchdowns. You read that right. 14 touchdowns.
Also in Buckeyes fans heads should be just how mediocre the Buckeyes have looked the last few weeks. We thought the win over Wisconsin was huge. Maybe the Buckeyes softened the Badgers for Penn State, but then again maybe not. If you missed it this weekend, the Nittany Lions obliterated the Badgers 48-7 to give them their third straight loss. You will remember that this Wisconsin team is the same one that Ohio State barely squeaked by 20-17.
I don’t want to be overly negative here. The Buckeyes have a lot of young players in key positions. At the same time, the way this crazy season is shaking out, the Buckeyes have an early loss when their star player (Beanie Wells) was out injured. They have top seeded teams seemingly falling every week in front of them. They have an opportunity in their conference against a Penn State team that is currently ranked 3rd in the nation. The Buckeyes aren’t technically out of national championship contention. Then again it is hard to imagine the Ohio State team that we have been watching on the field rising up and playing another big game on another big stage. Then again, it really won’t matter if Ohio State doesn’t show up to play against a tough Michigan State team next week in their house.