There is a fairly large American college football contest taking place this weekend and it involves your Ohio State Buckeyes. The Michigan State Spartans are coming to town and both teams have a ranking inside the top ten no matter what poll you want to use. Not only that, but the Spartans — like the Buckeyes — control their own destiny. If they can win out, Mel Tucker’s crew will be the Big East Division representative in Indy and have a shot to also make it into the College Football Playoff.
So yeah, the game Saturday in the ‘Shoe is a big one.
However, this Michigan State team has undergone a drastic facelift in just one season. Tucker has tinkered and toyed with personnel by bringing a lot of guys in that weren’t on the roster from the previous season. So, you may not necessarily recognize what you see on the field Saturday other than what you’ve seen on a television or streaming device near you so far in 2021.
Because of that, we decided to give you some nuggets about the team Ohio State will face on Saturday to prep you for all the fun.
Here are five things to know about the 2021 version of the Michigan State football squad.
There are still a slew of native Ohioans on the roster
Mel Tucker may have overhauled the roster from last season, but one thing hasn’t changed. There are still a ton of Ohio kids playing for Michigan State. Eighteen total Spartan players hail from the Buckeye state, including nine from Central Ohio.
What has made this matchup a fringe bitter rivalry since former head coach Mark Dantonio’s days on the sidelines from time to time, is the fact that there are indeed so many kids that have a chip on their shoulder from not being recruited by Ohio State. The Spartans seem to get a little more juiced because of this. Expect some added emotion in this one.
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