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Published: Saturday, 12/7/2013

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan State

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan State

Time: 8:17 p.m.

Records: OSU 12-0, 8-0 Big Ten; MSU 11-1, 8-0

TV: Fox

Radio: 106.5

Series: OSU leads 28-13

Favorite: OSU by 5½

Notes: The Buckeyes are in line for their first trip to the national title game since 2007 with a win. ... The Big Ten's most anticipated showdown since No. 1 Ohio State faced No. 2 Michigan in 2006 will match strength against strength, with the Buckeyes' most prolific offense in school history meeting the nation's top-ranked defense. ... OSU has piled up 79 touchdowns — 15 more than their previous high in 1995 — averages a school-record 48.2 points, and features the best rushing offense among BCS teams (321 yards per game). Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) leads the country in total defense (237.7 yards per game), rushing defense (64.8), and pass efficiency defense (91.79 rating), and is holding opponents to an average of 11.8 points. ... The most points MSU has allowed in a game this season (28) is less than the fewest points the Buckeyes have scored (31 against Wisconsin). ... The game will also match the league's first- and second-team quarterbacks. Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller leads the Big Ten with 295 yards of total offense per game in conference play while MSU sophomore Connor Cook has thrown for 2,119 yards and 17 TDs. ... OSU has won eight of its last nine meetings against the Spartans, including a 17-16 win in East Lansing last September.



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