Allen feels those who call the Buckeye state home will bring a little more to the field this week when the Spartans walk into Ohio Stadium.
“I feel most guys on our team when their playing a team from their home state, they kind of show up a little bit extra for that game and play a little bit harder,” said Allen. “They definitely take that week seriously.”
The fifth-year senior knows Ohio State’s defensive front will provide a major test after watching them on film. But he also feels the Spartans offensive line could be at it’s best when they take the field in Columbus on Saturday afternoon with the season opening original five and those who have carried the load while others were out.
“As we’re watching Ohio State film and kind of studying their defense and their defensive line, all their guys play tough and are big strong athletic guys and have great hand placement,” explained Allen. “Their big motor guys that keep going the whole play even if you beat them on a pass set or best them on a run block, they don’t stop. So that is something we’re going to have to get ready for.
“We’re so used to shuffling guys in and out now that we’re comfortable with guys around us that we’re not usually comfortable with. I think it’s going to pay dividends the rest of the season and next season as well.
“Our communication is getting best as an offensive line. It wasn’t until a week or two ago we hadn’t played with the original five we started the season out with. We’ve been shuffling guys in and around but, everybody is back and we’re starting to gel again and get back into our rhythm.”
When asked what has allowed Spartan offensive lines to play at such a high level the past few years, Allen stressed it was a very simple concept.
“I would say the biggest thing is our chemistry,” he said. “It’s like my second family and I think I can speak for all the guys in the room and they would say the same thing. “I would say it’s the family atmosphere we’ve created in there and the culture in the offensive line room.
“But I would say our toughness and chip on the shoulder mentality as a lot of us were recruits that got looked over not many people wanted. So we always play with a chip on our shoulder.”