2. Pass rush
Michigan State had 33 quarterback pressures through the first two games and that number has more than cut in half over the past three games combined. There’s just no pressure coming from this group up front which was supposed to be a strength this year.
It’s hard to really knock this unit when they can’t seem to stay healthy, though.
Jeff Pietrowski, Simeon Barrow, Jacob Slade, and Khris Bogle have all gone down with injuries this season so this group has been thin from the start. Not having four of your top five defensive linemen can absolutely hinder the pass rushing abilities of a team, but the younger guys have to get in there and prove themselves.
It’s a tall task to go in against Ohio State and try to get to one of the best quarterbacks in the country who has only been sacked three times all season.
Getting to the quarterback is a concern because it hasn’t happened consistently in four weeks and that’s going to allow CJ Stroud to pick the secondary apart.