Ranking Ohio State’s 2021 opponents by difficulty: No. 9 – Michigan State
An early look at each upcoming adversary on the Buckeyes’ 2021 schedule, and an attempt at putting them in order from least to most challenging for Ohio State.
2021 Ohio State Football Schedule
Sept. 2 – at Minnesota
Sept. 11 – Oregon
Sept. 18 – Tulsa
Sept. 25 – Akron
Oct. 2 – at Rutgers
Oct. 9 – Maryland
Oct. 23 – at Indiana
Oct. 30 – Penn State
Nov. 6 – at Nebraska
Nov. 13 – Purdue
Nov. 20 – Michigan State
Nov. 27 – at Michigan
The Ohio State program has been going one way in recent years, and Michigan State has been going the other. That divide has never been more evident than in this past year’s matchup, in which Mel Tucker’s Spartans couldn’t come closer than a 40-point margin by game’s end.
Tucker’s first year at the helm was not one to remember, as Michigan State won just two of its seven contests in 2020 and possessed the Big Ten’s worst offense in both average yardage and scoring.
In fact, with both of the Spartans’ wins being relatively impressive last season, coupled with the program’s reputation, Michigan State might have snuck up a couple spots higher on this list if not for the offensive ineptitude put on display.
If teams can’t apply pressure on a potentially suspect Buckeye pass defense in 2021, they won’t find it easy to get a jump on the Scarlet and Gray.
Oh, and did I mention that the Spartan defense also gave up the most points on average in the entire conference as well?
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