Here are five keys for the Spartans if they hope to walk off the field at Spartan Stadium with a victory.
Can you believe Michigan State is ranked in the Top Five of the Big Ten in pass offense? That's right, the Spartans come in at the No. 4 spot with a 229.0 average per game. So believe it or not our first key for the Spartans is to do a better job of passing the ball. Receivers must make catches that are important to keep drives alive. So key one is for the Spartans wide receiver to play their best game of the season.
Win the game in the power zones. Michigan State is No. 1 in rushing defense giving up an average of 69.2 yards a game. Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in rushing offense. Something has to give and for the Spartans to win they must continue to lead the conference in rushing defense by stopping Braxton Miller and company.
Get Dan Conroy on track early in the game. If the Spartans have a chance to give Conroy a field goal chance they must take it and hope he hits. On the season the Spartans are only hitting 63% of their field goal chances and a kick in this game could be the deciding factor.
Keep Braxton Miller on his toes. Miller is no longer a freshman and is off to a great start. However, he still remembers the punishing job the Spartans put on the Buckeyes last season and will have his head on a swivel keeping an eye out for the blitz packages he saw a year ago. If the Spartans allow Miller to play his game, it could be a long day for the Green & White and Miller could continue to hear some early talk for major honors by season's end.
Get the crowd into the game. The Spartans last week heard the boos and saw the empty seats as many felt the Eastern Michigan game was warm-up for today. With College Game Day on campus things will get off to an early start and Spartan Nation should be in full force by warm ups.