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As the college football season comes to a close, the Big Ten East race is shaping up to be one of the tightest, with one of the most pivotal games of the season set to kick off on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State.

Just one game separates the two in the standings and both the Buckeyes and Spartans boast some of the nation’s most dynamic offensive skill position players.

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On Ohio State, take your pick and you’ll get burned offensively. Wide receivers Chris Olave, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson, running back TreVeyon Henderson or tight end Jeremy Ruckert can all do major damage and can at any one time become quarterback CJ Stroud’s or the Buckeyes’ go-to playmaker.

For their efforts, the Buckeyes rank third in third down conversion percentage, sixth in passing offense and most notably, first in points per game.

Michigan State meanwhile, has Kenneth Walker, one of the most electric running backs in the country. A Wake Forest transfer, Walker ranks first in the conference and second nationally in rushing yards, leads both the Big Ten and nation in rushing touchdowns and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

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He’s been a big part of why the Spartans are 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Big Ten. The Spartans’ success is also a big reason why coach Mel Tucker is reportedly in line to sign a historic contract extension to keep him in East Lansing for the next decade.

This matchup figures to have its share of explosive offensive plays. Sporting News has all the info you need to catch this marquee Big Ten game.

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What channel is Ohio State vs. Michigan State on today?

  • TV channel (national): ABC
  • Live stream: ESPN App, fuboTV

This matchup between Big Ten powers will air on ABC. Chris Fowler will handle play-by-play duties with former Buckeyes QB Kirk Herbstreit joining him as the analyst. The two will be accompanied by Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State start time

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 20
  • Kickoff: Noon ET 

Ohio State vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon ET from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State football schedule 2021

Opponent Date Outcome
at Minnesota Sept. 2 Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
vs. No. 12 Oregon Sept. 11 Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
vs. Tulsa Sept. 18 Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
vs. Akron Sept. 25 Ohio State 59, Akron 7
at Rutgers Oct. 2 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
vs. Maryland Oct. 9 Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
at Indiana Oct. 23 Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
vs. Penn State Oct. 30 Ohio State 33, Penn State 24
at Nebraska Nov. 6 Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
vs. Purdue Nov. 13 Ohio State 59, Purdue 31
vs. Michigan State Nov. 20 TBD
at Michigan Nov. 27 TBD

Michigan State football schedule 2021

Opponent Date Outcome
at Northwestern Sept. 3 Michigan State 38, Northwestern 21
vs. Youngstown State Sept. 11 Michigan State 42, Youngstown State 14
at No. 24 Miami (FL) Sept. 18 Michigan State 38, Miami 17
vs. Nebraska Sept. 25 Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT)
vs. Western Kentucky Oct. 2 Michigan State 48, Western Kentucky 31
at Rutgers Oct. 9 Michigan State 31, Rutgers 13
at Indiana Oct. 23 Michigan State 20, Indiana 15
vs. Michigan Oct. 30 Michigan State 37, Michigan 33
at Purdue Nov. 6 Purdue 40, Michigan 29
vs. Maryland Nov. 13 Michigan State 40, Maryland 21
at Ohio State Nov. 20 TBD
vs. Penn State Nov. 27 TBD



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