Greg McElroy spoke about the upcoming matchup between Michigan State and Ohio State in Week 6 on ‘Always College Football with Greg McElroy’. He talked about what the Spartans need to do to come away with a win.

Payton Thorne was supposed to be having a much better season than he is currently having in 2022. Thorne has 1,121 yards passing with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

McElroy stated that one thing your team needs in order to beat Ohio State is have your quarterback at his best. Thorne may need to turn it up a notch to beat the Buckeyes.

“In order to beat Ohio State you gotta be able to score,” said McElroy. “Right now Payton Thorne’s been really up and down. Big picture? He hasn’t been what we’d thought he’d be this year. In order to knock off Ohio State, your quarterback better play dang good.”

The Spartans have not been at their best on defense either. There has been times where the defense has looked competent, but then gives up a ton of yards to the opposing offense. McElroy thinks that the Michigan State defense is going to need to force some turnovers to get the job done.

“The defense allowed just six points in the second half to Maryland. You’re like, maybe this is a little bit more where they need to be, then they give up nearly 500 yards. They need to force turnovers this week if they wanna make things interesting. I think things are gonna get sideways badly.”

We’ll see if Mel Tucker has some magic up his sleeve as Michigan State and Ohio State meet Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.