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2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game Thread -- No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Michigan State -- 12/7

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 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game Thread -- No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Michigan State -- 12/7
24 topic by Steve - 12-01-2013, 04:13 PM



Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Time: 8:17 p.m. ET
Television: FOX Sports
Site: Indianapolis, Ind.
Facility: Lucas Oil Stadium
Surface: FieldTurf
Capacity: 67,604
Michigan State and Ohio State both were tested a bit more than each would have liked in Week 14, but it still remains that they'll face off in the Big Ten title game with only one loss between them.

Urban Meyer's defense was exposed more than it has been all season long in the Big House on Saturday, with archrival Michigan coming one play away from giving the Buckeyes their first loss in two seasons. They have plenty of issues to iron out before their date with Sparty next weekend.

And it's not all promise in East Lansing, as the Spartans were tested by Minnesota. They got out with a 14-3 victory, but faced their fair share of struggles in the process.

Here's a look at what each team needs to do to crash the BCS party.

Ohio State

Stop the Bleeding on Defense

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Michigan State may have gotten out of its regular season finale unscathed, but it was in spite of the team's dreadful performance on third down.

The Spartans were an abysmal 0-for-8 on third downs against the Golden Gophers, and that offensive lethargy would have bitten them if Minnesota would've scored any more than three points.

Quarterback Connor Cook and running back Jeremy Langford have shown the ability to light it up offensively when their team needs it. The offense has surpassed 40 points three times this season, two of which came when Sparty surrendered 28 points—the most this season.

In two of Michigan State's biggest wins—versus Michigan and Nebraska—it converted 50 percent of its third downs and that allowed the offense to sustain drives. Against Ohio State, the Spartans will need to have similar success.

This team might be able to score 10-14 points and rely on the defense to cruise against eight-win teams like Minnesota, but they will get blown out with that mentality against the Buckeyes.

Get out to Early Lead

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This may seem not only simple but inconsequential. However, it could decide the game.

Michigan State's defense may be the best in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country, but it also hasn't faced anything near the capacity of Ohio State on offense. That's not to say the defense can't keep Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde at bay, but it will need all the help it can get from the other side of the ball.

As has happened in many of their games, the Buckeyes' two-pronged rushing threat of Hyde and Miller wore down Michigan on Saturday. Ohio State started slow on offense, but it didn't last long as it racked up 393 yards on the ground by the final whistle.

Eventually, Hyde got going (226 yards on the game) and started bustling for 15-yard gains over and over. Once that happened, Miller was able to pull on the read option and that resulted in 153 yards and three scores for him.

The Spartans' offense won't be able to win if Ohio State has the ground success that it did against Michigan. Getting out to an early lead and forcing Miller to pass is the best way to prevent that.
Big Ten Championship Game 2013: Biggest Keys for Michigan State and Ohio State | Bleacher Report



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 12-01-2013, 04:16 PMaway - #2
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Originally Posted by torious
We got this
 12-01-2013, 04:22 PMaway - #4
TH35 75 heat pts75 space
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Go michigan State
 12-01-2013, 04:28 PMaway - #5
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I'm rooting for michigan state...
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fu*k msu
 12-01-2013, 04:35 PMaway - #7
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hopefully the Big Ten does the right thing and bans those players who got ejected from the UM game, cause meyer wont


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 12-01-2013, 04:37 PMaway - #8
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State-24
Oh-13
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why should he suspend them. it's a finger, big deal. he got kicked out the game that's enough punishment
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sm, you still going to school there?
 12-01-2013, 04:40 PMaway - #11
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Ohio State FINALLY plays a legit team.


MSU is gonna punch these kids in the face and take their lunch.

MSU 24 OSU 13
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Originally Posted by Loso Luciano24
State-24
Oh-13
They won't hold ohio state to 13
 12-01-2013, 04:41 PMaway - #13
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Originally Posted by Veno da Don
Ohio State FINALLY plays a legit team.


MSU is gonna punch these kids in the face and take their lunch.

MSU 24 OSU 13
You lost to Notre dame they'll face an elite defense I guess but team? No

I mean if you want to say they haven't faced a good team all year... When MSU faced a mediocre team they lost. sh*t we beat ND decisively and we aren't that good.

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just gonna have to quote this whole page next saturday
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Originally Posted by TH35
They won't hold ohio state to 13
bet your account
 12-01-2013, 04:45 PMaway - #16
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Originally Posted by TH35
They won't hold ohio state to 13
This defense is ferocious.
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Originally Posted by SM
bet your account
avy bet it up

hold us to 13 how about the w
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this dude TH35, an oklahoma fan and an ohio state stan
 12-01-2013, 04:51 PMaway - #19
TH35 75 heat pts75 space
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Cool

Originally Posted by SM
bet your account
when I asked you to bet yours that Ohio State would win you didn't respond. Don't say you didn't see it because you're in every thread. Actually you know what I'll bet... If MSU loses your account is done if Ohio state doesn't score over 13 I'll never log on again, even if Ohio state wins 10-7, 12-10 anything under 13, I'll log out forever... Deal?
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I'm hoping Sparty can come in and clean up the mess Brady Hoke made yesterday
 

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