Here are things you’ll want to know about the game when No. 11 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) hosts No. 13 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1):
1. Kickoff is at noon Saturday in Ohio Stadium (capacity 104,944). Expect cloudy skies and a gametime temperature around 40. There's no sign of lightning, which caused a delay of more than three hours when Michigan State hosted Penn State last week -- and won on a last-second field goal.
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2. No Big Ten team has been a thorn in Urban Meyer’s side like Michigan State. The teams have met in each of Meyer’s five seasons, with OSU winning three times in East Lansing — by scores of 17-16, 49-37 and 17-16. MSU has twice upset the Buckeyes, in the 2013 Big Ten championship game and in 2015 in Columbus.
3. Oddsmakers have Ohio State favored by 15.5 points over the Spartans. However, the most recent two games between these teams have been decided by a total of four points -- OSU won 17-16 last year, while MSU won 17-14 in 2015.
4. The game is being televised by Fox, whose crew will be Joe Davis (play-by-play), Brady Quinn (analysis) and Bruce Feldman (sideline).
5. You also can hear the game on local radio at 97.1 The Fan with announcers Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analysis) and Matt Andrews (sideline).
6. Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon is averaging 24.2 yards per catch, which is tops in the Big Ten and third nationally.
7.Strength vs. strength: Michigan State is No. 3 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 87 yards per game, while Ohio State is No. 20 in the nation in rushing, averaging 235.3 yards per game.
8. Expect to hear a lot about ... quarterback Brian Lewerke, who has thrown for 2,270 yards and 16 touchdowns ... top receiver Felton Davis, who has eight TD receptions and is tied for the Big Ten lead (with Johnnie Dixon) ... and middle linebacker Joe Bachie, who leads the Spartans in tackles with 77.
9. Local connections: Upper Arlington grad Chris Frey, who was named a Dispatch All-Metro team linebacker in 2013, has carved out quite a career at Michigan State. The senior linebacker was voted a team captain this year, and he leads all active Spartans with 174 career tackles in 48 games, including 21 straight starts. Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Luke Campbell from Olentangy High School has started every game for the Spartans this season.
10. The Michigan State coaching staff has a bunch of former Ohio State coaches who worked for Jim Tressel. Head coach Mark Dantonio was Tressel's defensive coordinator (2001-03), co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman was OSU's offensive coordinator (2001-11), defensive ends/special teams coordinator Mark Snyder was Tressel's linebackers coach (2001-03) and defensive coordinator (2004). Here's a more personal connection: MSU linebackers coach Mike Tressel is Jim Tressel's nephew -- and was a graduate assistant for his uncle (2002-03).