Mark Dantonio says Ohio State poses 'daunting task' for MSU defense
Offense vs. defense.
That’s going to be the story in East Lansing on Saturday. Ohio State’s high-powered offense, led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins will battle one of the nation’s best defenses in Michigan State, anchored by linebacker Joe Bachie.
No, the Spartans aren’t in the mix for the B1G East any longer, but it’s certainly an intriguing matchup with plenty on the line.
Ahead of the bout between two B1G powers, Mark Dantonio spoke with the media regarding Ohio State’s powerful offensive attack. The Michigan State head coach said stopping the Buckeyes’ offense will be a “daunting task.”
“When you look at them offensively, it’s a daunting task,” Dantonio said.
Ohio State had struggled on the ground prior to Saturday’s game against Nebraska. However, the Buckeyes rectified some of those issues, gaining 229 yards on the ground in a 36-31 win over the Huskers.
But Michigan State owns the nation’s best defense against the run, allowing fewer than 80 yards per game on the ground.
Dantonio also isn’t buying into the notion that Ohio State is a team in turmoil. Though the Buckeyes have suffered just one loss, they’ve come under plenty of scrutiny over the last month.
“The games are closer, but they’re still 8-1,” Dantonio said. “Everybody is acting like ‘Poor Ohio State.’ They’re still 8-1 and in the top 10.”
Michigan State is 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in B1G play. The Spartans are coming off back-to-back wins over Purdue and Maryland, shutting down both offenses. In those two games, MSU has surrendered just 16 points.
While Saturday’s game between Michigan State and Ohio State may not have the same allure as everyone expected prior to the season, there’s still plenty at stake. The Spartans are looking to play spoiler this weekend.
It’ll be another offense vs. defense showdown between the two power programs.