Jim Donnan's Viewer's Guide

USC-Notre Dame isn't the only big game this week. Jim Donnan breaks down what to watch for this Saturday.

Updated: October 18, 2005, 10:05 AM ET

No. 16 Michigan St. at
No. 15 Ohio St.
Saturday, Noon ET
Drew Stanton
The Spartans and Buckeyes are among the seven teams in the Big Ten with one league loss, and the loser of this game can forget about winning the conference.

A lot of things have been said about Ohio State's lack of offense, but this is a week when the Buckeyes are going to have to step up offensively. Ohio State's defense is as good as it gets, but Michigan State's offense is going to score some points. Michigan State's defense is suspect, so Buckeyes QB Troy Smith should be able to get into a rhythm on offense, move the ball and make some plays.

For Michigan State to win, it will have to eliminate the things that plagued the team last year: penalties and turnovers. The Spartans need to go in with the same mind-set they do every game and not give OSU's defense too much credit. Defensively, they have to make Ohio State's offense work for everything because the Buckeyes have stopped themselves all year.

-- Jim Donnan

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