This weekend we are in for some good Big Ten football as the undefeated, third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes host the 9-1 Michigan State Spartans who are ranked number nine. Everybody here at St. Edward should tune into the 3:30 kickoff on ABC for many reasons. Not only will it be a great football game, but there are three players on the teams that graduated from St. Ed’s last year. The Bucks have WR Alex Stump, and for Sparty, the Dowell twins. Andrew Dowell has a total of 19 tackles on the year, 7 of which coming from the September 19th game against Air Force. Alex is being redshirted his first year and David is yet to play.
Michigan State’s only loss came to Nebraska, on a controversial touchdown in the last few seconds of the game. Notable wins for the Spartans are against the highly ranked Oregon 31-28. Sparty also beat the Michigan Wolverines on one of the greatest endings in College Football history (not if you’re a Michigan fan). In the last few seconds, Michigan State was down 23-20, and Michigan had the ball on 4th down. Michigan was lined up to punt, but their punter botched the snap. Michigan State blocked the punt and the ball fell into the hands of Jalen Watts-Jackson who took it to the end zone giving Michigan State the 27-23 victory. Andrew Dowell was in on the play.
Ohio State had a very shaky beginning to the season, but they have seemed to overcome the bad start. Last week against the Fighting Illini, the Scarlet and Gray won 28-3 thanks to Ezekiel Elliott who had 27 carries for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Key players to watch on offense for the Bucks this week are quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Braxton Miller. On the defensive side, lineman Joey Bosa, linebacker Darron Lee and corner Eli Apple. While Ohio State is favored by 13.5 points, the game should be much better than what the spread says. Both teams are fighting for a spot in the B1G Championship, a game with huge implications (the winner will most likely get a bid for the College Football Playoff). The B1G Championship isn’t for awhile, however. Right now all we know is on Saturday we are in for one great football game!