Michigan State Spartans
After struggling inside in a six-point win at Navy and a 10-point loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Michigan State was determined to get the ball to its big men early and often.
Jeremy Langford ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State received a strong performance from its defense in a 37-15 victory Saturday night.
Last week’s 49-37 defeat essentially dropped the Spartans (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) out of the college playoff picture, now it’s up to coach Mark Dantonio to make sure one loss doesn’t lead to another.
Michigan State will play Arizona, and Kansas will play Indiana.
Michigan State’s chances to make the playoff appear to be miniscule, but Dantonio says the Spartans still have plenty to play for.
Michigan State trailed by one touchdown at halftime, but Ohio State led, 42-24, by the start of the fourth quarter.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under coach Urban Meyer.
Barring a November collapse, the winner emerges as the likely division winner for a berth in the league championship game in Indianapolis in December.
Kentucky joins UCLA (1966-69, 1971-74), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2008-09) to be named No. 1 consecutive seasons since the AP preseason poll started in 1961-62.
Tom Izzo is still lamenting an opportunity that slipped away last season.