ICYMI: BSB’s Full Michigan State Coverage

By November 21, 2021 (8:00 pm)Football

It’s been a long week of Ohio State football coverage. Suppose you missed any of Buckeye Sports Bulletin’s coverage of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game on Nov. 20, we have you covered. Here are all the stories we posted this week — from the Ryan Day Radio Show to the staff’s Buckeye Leaves.

The last time Ohio State squared off with Michigan State, it did so without head coach Ryan Day. The Buckeye leader had tested positive for COVID in the days before the game and was not allowed to be with the team in any capacity as he went through the Big Ten’s COVID protocols.
When Mel Tucker signed on to be Michigan State’s head coach on Feb. 12, 2020, he delivered a message in the team meeting room, claiming the program would play for championships. One season after finishing 2-5 in a pandemic-shortened season, Tucker has the No. 7 Spartans (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) prepared to play the No. 5 (9-1, 7-0) in a game with first-place implications in the Big Ten East.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day spoke with Paul Keels and Jim Lachey on 97.1 The Fan during The Ryan Day Radio Show to recap the Buckeyes’ 59-31 win over Purdue and preview their upcoming matchup with Michigan State.
This game will go one of two ways. Either Ohio State kicks Michigan State to the curb, or the Spartans keep the game close, and the teams compete until the final second. I’m more inclined to think the former will be accurate.
Patrick and Wyatt preview what should be a delightful shootout in Columbus. If you’re interested in subscribing to Buckeye Sports Bulletin, give BSB a call at 614-486-2202 and say that the podcast sent you. Ask for four free issues if you’d like to give it a sample first.
Ohio State’s rush defense enters this game in a unique spot. It’s been downright excellent for much of the season, stifling every rushing attack it has faced since early September. Concerns about it that popped up because of rough showings against Minnesota and Oregon have all but faded from the consciousness as the Buckeyes have torn through the Big Ten, allowing very little in the way of solid rushing attacks from any of the last eight squads on the schedule.
The Buckeye run defense excelled on Saturday afternoon, keeping Heisman Trophy contender Kenneth Walker III from making a significant impact for the Spartans. 
C.J. Stroud played near perfect in throwing six first-half touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State ripped No. 7 Michigan State 56-7 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
Ohio State senior wide receiver Chris Olave made history in Saturday’s 56-7 win over Michigan State, hauling in two touchdown passes to bring his career receiving touchdown total to 35, surpassing David Boston’s long-standing record of 34 touchdown receptions.
Before Saturday’s 56-7 thrashing of No. 7 Michigan State, Ohio State honored 21 seniors and three redshirt juniors as part of the school’s Senior Day festivites.
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