for this game

Ohio State looks to avoid upset at Michigan State

Oct 10, 2006 - 9:50 PM No. 1 Ohio St (6-0) at Michigan St (3-3), 3:30 pm EDT

EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) - Jim Tressel may not have been Ohio State's coach then, but he certainly will be reminding his team of 1998.

The top-ranked Buckeyes look to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games when they visit reeling but dangerous Michigan State in a Big Ten Conference matchup on Saturday.

In 1998, Michigan State stunned No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus, 28-24, to dash the Buckeyes' hopes of a national title.

The Spartans also posted a 23-7 win over the Buckeyes here the following year, but they have lost the last four meetings since, including a 35-24 setback in Columbus last year in which quarterback Drew Stanton was sacked 12 times. Tressel is 3-0 against the Spartans.

Michigan State (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) appeared on the verge of a 4-0 start before surrendering 19 unanswered fourth-quarter points in a 40-37 loss to Notre Dame in East Lansing on September 23. The Spartans were stunned by Illinois on a last-second field goal here the following week before falling to Michigan in Ann Arbor last week, 31-13.

Already without leading rusher Javon Ringer, who is out for the year with a knee injury, the Spartans lost 6-6 wideout Matt Trannon to a sprained ankle in the setback to the Wolverines, and he will not play this week.

Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) took a break from Big Ten play with a 35-7 win over Bowling Green last week.

Troy Smith helped his Heisman Trophy candidacy by completing 17-of-20 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns in the romp.

The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 9.3 points per game.

No one has shouted yet.
Be the first!