Four Reasons Why Ohio State Will Lose
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 24 straight games dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season while playing a mediocre schedule. Just like other schools that fatten up on cupcakes, the Buckeyes will have difficulty handling their lunch when they finally play a quality opponent. Wisconsin has the most wins for an Ohio State opponent this season with nine and the Buckeyes only beat the Badgers by a touchdown.
3. Ohio State Defense Lacking
Ohio State does have the fifth ranked rushing defense, but the Buckeyes are just 101st in passing defense. The Buckeyes allowed 41 points against Michigan and 35 against a four-win Illinois team. Ohio State has given up an average of 30 points per game over the last three outings. While Michigan State is not known for their offense, that may be because they haven’t played OSU yet. The Spartans are only ranked 95th in pass offense, but the Bucks could help improve that statistic.
2. Michigan State Top Notch Defense
Michigan State defense could arguably be the top in the nation and at very least is in the top five. Ohio State has not played a top caliber defense and are bound to get smacked in the mouth by the Spartans. Michigan State is first nationally in total yards allowed per game (237.8) and third in points allowed per game (11.8). Ohio State's strength is the running game which averages 7.0 yards per carry and 321.3 yards per game for second overall, but Michigan State is only allowing 2.2 rush yards per carry and just 64.8 rush yards per game for first in the nation.
1. No More - Free Tattoos, Selling Jerseys, and Free Cars
Of course, Ohio State is a well known program for winning in college football. But since the Buckeyes are no longer a semi-pro team, they don't have the advantage over other established programs that they once had. No more jersey money, no free tattoos, and no free cars to help pay for a semi-pro team.
***Update Dec 8 Sun 4:10 PM ET***
Saturday night, No. 10 Michigan State defeated No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to win the Big Ten Championship. The last time Ohio State defeated a team ranked in the top 10 of a major ranking was the 2010 season on January 4, 2011 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 8 Arkansas; it was also the last time the "tattoo five" played together.