Michigan State football is facing its toughest test of the season and the Spartans have already been through quite a stretch with a road game against Washington, Minnesota, and then at Maryland.
And Michigan State is 0-3 in that stretch.
Now the Ohio State Buckeyes come to town as Michigan State will try to play spoiler to the best team in the Big Ten right now.
But there are obviously some major concerns. Here are my three biggest worries.
3. Offensive line creating running lanes
Michigan State’s offensive line has not won a ton of battles in the trenches over the past few weeks and I’m worried that will continue, and then some, on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State has one of the best defenses in the country and it only allows 153 passing yards and 110 rushing yards per game. Michigan State averages just 127 rushing yards per game. That’s not exactly a recipe for success against a stingy defense that doesn’t give up much of anything on the ground.
And I’m not exactly thrilled about the prospect of the line trying to protect Payton Thorne by picking up blitzes and other misdirections up front.
The offensive line against Ohio State’s defensive front is a major concern.