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3 fearless predictions for Michigan State football vs. Ohio State

Everyone is sleeping on the Michigan State football vs. Ohio State matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Alright, now that I’m over talking about the Draymond Green incident, Michigan State football actually has a game to play tomorrow against Ohio State.

The Spartans are heavy underdogs as Ohio State has been demolishing every team in its path and Michigan State is 2-3 after losing three straight.

Long story short, the odds are stacked up against Michigan State — and then some.

Michigan State is busting out the classic helmet look from 1998 when the Spartans beat the No. 1 Buckeyes in Columbus as an unranked team. Will it help? Probably not, but here’s to hoping.

While the vibes around the fanbase are down, I do have some spicy predictions that may cheer some people up.

1. Defense turns CJ Stroud over twice

The turnover machine has come to a grinding halt for Michigan State in recent weeks after making Akron cough it up four times in Week 2. In fact, the Spartans have forced a total of one turnover over the past three games. That is not ideal.

We’ll see this defense finally get back to forcing a couple of turnovers, picking CJ Stroud off once (yes, a good play by a defensive back) and strip-sacking him once.

Two turnovers may not seem like much, but that’s double the amount from the previous three games.

2. Jayden Reed finally goes over 100 yards

Through five games (well, four since he missed the Washington game), Jayden Reed has just 189 yards and a touchdown on 19 catches. He just hasn’t looked like his usual self and 76 yards is the most he’s had in a single game this year.

A year ago, Reed had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and he had three games of 100-plus yards. He has zero this year, but that’ll change on Saturday.

Payton Thorne is going to find his favorite target eight times for 111 yards and a touchdown. A nice bounce-back game after a slow start to the season.

3. MSU covers the spread

As of Friday, the spread for the MSU-Ohio State game is -26.5 in favor of the Buckeyes. That may not seem like enough judging by how poorly Michigan State has played over the past three weeks, but I think the Spartans will find a way to make it interesting.

Ohio State is probably going to score at will against this defense, but a couple of turnovers will keep them from really piling on.

Thorne will have a decent game and Reed will finally break 100 yards while Elijah Collins leads the run game. I think the offense will look better than it did a week ago.

I could see Michigan State scoring 20-plus points against the Buckeyes and if that’s the case, I see the Spartans staying within four touchdowns.

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