Left for dead along the playoff road after getting bushwhacked at Iowa, Ohio State went above and beyond in its rebound game against Michigan State. The Buckeyes took care of business eight days this week, apparently, and their Spinal Tap amplifiers were turned to 11. Leaves are awarded on a zero-to-infinity-plus-three basis. — Ray Stein

Offense (4)

J.T. Barrett’s two picks were the only signs of 5 o’clock shadow on an otherwise spotless Mona Lisa. The offensive line looked like bulldozers moving soft dirt against UNLV’s JVs rather than vaunted Michigan State, and RBs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins ran as if their scholarships were on the line to pace a 524-yard effort.

Defense (5)

The tone was set on the Spartans’ first possession when Malik Harrison and Nick Bosa registered sacks to stifle MSU’s best-chance drive and surpass last week’s yield. The Buckeyes dug in and were just plain nasty after that, allowing only a field goal while forcing three turnovers. Did this same group make the Iowa trip?

Special teams (4)

Kickoff coverage is becoming such a point of pride that Urban Meyer either forgave or forgot that one of Blake Haubeil’s directional boots trickled out of bounds. Otherwise, Spartans returners averaged a mere 12.4 yards on kickoffs. OSU’s punt return goes backward too much, but the offense accepts the challenge.

Coaching (4)

After the soufflé collapsed so spectacularly in Iowa City, OSU potentially was staring at a recipe for disaster. But the head chef mandated — his word — that his line cooks get back to basics, and the result was a masterpiece that was sure to satisfy the masses. Vegas saw this coming, yeah, but did anyone else?

Fun (3)

With an early kickoff and a cold front that turned some pregame tailgate meals into meat popsicles, let’s just say that the typical traffic tussles weren’t too tough. The late-arriving crowd nestled in next to neighbors to generate heat, watched an expected slugfest turn into a stroll and departed, smiling, for warmer climes.

Opponent (2)

Michigan State under Mark Dantonio usually displays a toughness that is as easy to identify as its ubiquitous green. Somehow, though, the 3-9 Spartans of last year showed more sandpaper than the 7-2 unit that walked into Ohio Stadium with a Big Ten title on the line. Another Penn State hangover?

Officiating (1)

Can you say train wreck? Of course you can. And you also saw one if you watched the zebras bungle their way around the Horseshoe. Forget for a moment the litany of bad spots and the missed running-into-the-punter penalty. The targeting call on Dre’Mont Jones was outrageous. Big Ten, please educate these clowns.