OSU's Meyer previews key Big Ten East battle Saturday in East Lansing

Following a hard-fought 36-30 home win over Nebraska, Ohio State begins a two-game road swing with a key East Division contest on Saturday against Michigan State. (OSU Athletics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - Following a hard-fought 36-31 home win over Nebraska, Ohio State begins a two-game road swing with a key East Division contest on Saturday against Michigan State. Kickoff from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. is set for noon.

The Buckeyes are coming off their best rushing performance since the season opener, as they compiled 229 yards on 40 carries against the Cornhuskers. Included in that was a 42-yard game-clinching TD run by J.K. Dobbins, who had a season-high 163 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Teammate Mike Weber added 91 yards on nine carries.

Ohio State leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 31-15. In the Urban Meyer era, the Buckeyes own a 4-2 record against the Spartans. Three of the six matchups have been decided by seven points or less.

Michigan State enters Saturday’s contest with the nation’s top-ranked run defense, allowing an average of just 71.7 yards per game. The Spartans have allowed over 100 yards rushing just twice this season – vs. Penn State (205) and Michigan (183) – while holding opponents under 50 yards on four occasions. They are allowing an average of just 2.5 yards per carry.

Information courtesy OSU Athletics

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