Crystal Ball Week 5

A year ago believed Michigan State was in for a special run during the 2010 college football season. We went out on a limb and predicted Mark Dantonio's team would go undefeated and took some ribbing from those who did not believe. In the end the Spartans went 11-1 during the regular season. How do we see Week Five working out against Ohio State? We look into our Crystal Ball.

Ohio State (Saturday October 1, 2011) Ohio Stadium

12:00 PM EST

OSU 2010 Record: 12-1 overall – 7-1 Big Ten **(Due to off field issues OSU vacated all wins from the 2010 season)**

MSU Overall Record Against Ohio State: 12-27

Last Game Against Ohio State:

Ohio State visited Spartan Stadium in October of 2008 leaving with a 45-7 victory over the Spartans. A lot has changed with the Buckeyes since then and this year's battle will find OSU in their final game without several key players from off field digressions.

About the Buckeyes

Gone is Jim Tressel and his sweater vest and in is young intern head coach Luke Fickell. While the head coach may have changed, do not look for much to change with how the Buckeyes go about their business.

The Spartans head to Columbus just in time to miss standout players DeVier Posey, Daniel "Boom" Herron and Mike Adams. This will help the Spartans to a point but they still must bring their A-Game to Ohio Stadium to leave with their first Big Ten win of the season.

What We Expect This Year:

While the Buckeyes are still sorting out the quarterback position do not be surprised if star recruit Braxton Miller is behind center when the Green & White take the field.

Miller is capable of making plays with his arm and feet and will give the Buckeyes a very dynamic offensive weapon. Look for Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy to be at the top of his game going against Miller. The pair come from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio and knows each other well.

With Adams out the Buckeyes will have a hole at left tackle. This should allow the Spartans the chance to place pressure on the quarterback.

Defensively the Buckeyes have not changed as Jim Heacock returns as defensive coordinator. However, they must replace seven starters from last season with the biggest being Cameron Heyward. There is still a lot of talent in Columbus and this will not be an easy game for the Spartans.

Nevertheless, we feel the Spartans have the weapons in place to walk off the field with a victory. Crystal Ball Prediction: Spartans win 28-21

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