Ohio State football wraps up the 2021 home schedule on Saturday as it hosts Michigan State’s No.7 (9-1 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) at Ohio Stadium today hui for a kick-off at noon.
The No.4 Buckeyes (9-1 overall, 7-0 in the Big Ten) are looking to move closer to their third straight college football playoff game. A big favorite against a team trying to do the same, Ohio State was in the top four in the CFP standings for the second week in a row.
The Buckeyes, favorites at 19.5 points, are looking to win their ninth straight and sixth straight game at Ohio Stadium this season. It won’t be easy as MSU arrives with a Heisman candidate in Kenneth Walker III.
But then again, Ohio State may have leader Heisman playing the quarterback in CJ Stroud.
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Stroud enters the game with 30 touchdown passes and just five interceptions in his first year as a starting quarterback.
Follow the game live with scoring information and updates from the Columbus Dispatch team.
Ohio State’s CJ Stroud threw six touchdown passes today, and it came with 1:37 remaining in the first half. Six TDs is the OSU record previously set by Kenny Guiton, JT Barrett and Justin Fields.
Stroud’s sixth score was on a 6-yard throw to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the fifth different receiver he found in the end zone today.
CJ Stroud polished his resume for the Heisman Trophy with today’s performance. He threw five touchdown passes, the most recent from 12 yards to Garrett Wilson. Stroud completed 23 of 25 attempted passes and recorded 330 yards.
Miyan Williams rushes for a score, Ohio State 35-Michigan State 0
Chris Olave made a brilliant grab to set up the short touchdown by Miyan Williams of Ohio State. It was a one-meter run and OSU has 65 meters on the ground today.
CJ Stroud of Ohio State completed 17 straight assists. That equals a school one-game mark set by JT Barrett in 2017. Justin Fields also provided 17 straight assists in 2020. However, that happened in two games (Nebraska and Penn State).
CJ Stroud threw four touchdowns at three different receivers. The last score was a 4-yard pass to Julian Fleming.
That makes Stroud’s overall numbers: 17 for 18 passes for 245 yards and four scores. He made 14 consecutive passes.
Ohio State’s Ronnie Hickman punched Spartans running back Jordon Simmons, forced him to spit the ball out, and Ty Hamilton recovered to give the ball to the Buckeyes.
It was the good news. The bad news was that Ohio State corner Denzel Burke appeared to be suffering from a shoulder injury to the disc.
UPDATE: Burke is back on the pitch.
Chris Olave now has more touchdowns than any Buckeyes receiver in history. He caught his 35th touchdown on a 43-yard pass from CJ Stroud. This exceeds David Boston’s previous mark of 34.
Denzel Burke of Ohio State interrupted a pass attempt to Jayden Reed in the 3rd and 10th, forcing Michigan State to attempt a 46-yard field goal, which hit the post.
Even knowing that the Spartans’ defense was allowing 329 passing yards per game (ranking them No.130 nationally), Garrett Wilson was incredibly open when CJ Stroud hit him on a 77-yard touchdown pass.
Stroud is already 11 for 12 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and the first quarter isn’t even halfway there.
Ohio State linebacker Cody Simon was whisked into the medical tent, and 97.1 The Fan reports second-year status for the remainder of the game is uncertain.
UPDATE: Simon will be reassessed at half-time. He will be absent until then.
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave split two defensemen and CJ Stroud found him with an accurate pass. The 23-yard capture gave the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead and allowed Olave to match OSU great David Boston with 34 career touchdown receptions.
Earlier this week, staff at Columbus Dispatch and the Detroit Free Press made their predictions for the game. Here’s what ESPN thought (Kirk Herbstreit calls the game didn’t make a choice):
- Referee: John O’Neill
- Referee: Jeff Carr
- Line Judge: Kris Van Meter
- Line judge: Vincent Winters
- Rear Judge: Michael Elliott
- Field Judge: Gary Powers
- Side Judge: John Roggeman
- Center judge: Greg Blum
Ohio State registered cornerback Sevyn Banks as their game decision against Michigan State on Saturday, but ESPN reports Banks will indeed miss today’s contest.
Banks, a senior, has started six of the Buckeyes’ last seven games after his recovery from a knee injury limited him in the first few weeks of the season.
It’s unclear if his status for the game is related to his previous injury or a separate issue. The Buckeyes rarely give details about player injuries or illnesses.
Today’s game between Ohio State and Michigan State is actually the first one-on-one clash between Buckeyes chief Ryan Day and future Bigs head coach. Ten, Mel Tucker, the highest paid of the Spartans. Last year, when OSU visited East Lansing, Day missed the game following a positive COVID-19 test.
Tucker was on Jim Tressel’s Ohio State staff for four seasons, from 2001 to 2004 as a defensive backs coach from 2001 to 2003, and then as defensive co-coordinator in 2004.
Here are the players honored before kick-off.
- Aaron cox
- Jack jamieso
- Robert Cope
- Austin kutscher
- Jagger LaRoe
- Corey rau
- Ryan batsch
- Cade Kacherski
- Sam wigluz
- Chris Booker
- Cameron Brown
- Master Teague
- Mitch rossi
- Tyreke smith
- Nicolas Little-Brother
- Sevyn banks
- Bradley Robinson
- Jeremy Ruckert
- Marcus Williamson
- Antwuan jackson
- Demario McCall
- Haskell Garrett
- Chris Olave
- Thayer Munford
Nicholas Petit-Frere and Garrett Wilson aren’t seniors, but as the NFL’s top draft picks predicted, they’ll have some post-season decisions to make. They insist that their decision has not yet been made. Coach Ryan Day has given them, Master Teague and Cam Brown permission to participate in today’s ceremony despite still being eligible.
The Ravens, Jets, Raiders, 49ers (2), Dolphins, Giants and Bears all have scouts accredited to attend today’s game at Ohio Stadium.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League also have a scout present, and representatives from the Peach Bowl and Orange Bowl are expected to be on hand.
Photos: ESPN College GameDay signs and behind the scenes
Here are some of our favorite signs.
Lee Corso recalls his lunches with Woody Hayes on GameDay
ESPN College GameDay hosts Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, two of the famous show’s longest-serving hosts, walked inside the St. John Arena ahead of the broadcast to take a peek at the famous London Arena. Ohio State campus.
The conversation turned to Woody Hayes.
âWoody Hayes, I think of him,â said Corso who coached against Hayes in his run with the Hoosiers from 1973 to 1982, âand Olentangy Road and the Highline. I ate lunch with him once a year and he gave me the list of prospects Ohio State was going to take in Michigan. “
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The college football playoff schedule
Here are the dates you need to know for the College Football Playoff:
- Featured Show: Noon December 5 on ESPN
- Cotton Bowl: 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. December 31 on ESPN
- Orange Bowl: 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., December 31 on ESPN
- College Football Playoff National Championship Game: 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2022 on ESPN
The college football qualifying ranking
- Georgia 10-0
- Alabama 9-1
- Oregon 9-1
- Ohio State 9-1
- Cincinnati 10-0
- Michigan 9-1
- Michigan State 9-1
- Notre-Dame 9-1
- Oklahoma State 9-1
- Wake Forest 9-1
- Baylor 8-2
- OlÃ© Miss 8-2
- Oklahoma 9-1
- BYU 8-2
- Wisconsin 7-3
- Texas A&M 7-3
- Iowa 8-2
- Pittsburgh 8-2
- San Diego State 9-1
- NC State 7-3
- Arkansas 7-3
- UTSA 10-0
- Utah 7-3
- Houston 9-1
- Mississippi State