Michigan State vs. Ohio State: Scouting report, prediction


Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) throws a pass during the second quarter of their Big Ten football game against Michigan at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

Quarterback Brian Lewerke is playing through an injured right throwing shoulder but remains the starter. He had a streak of 20 straight starts snapped in a win against Purdue two weeks ago before returning to the starting lineup in last week’s 24-3 win at Maryland. Lewerke was 11-for-20 passing for 87 yards and an interception and rushed for a season-high 45 yards before being replaced by Rocky Lombardi early in the fourth quarter.

Lewerke is completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 217.5 yards per game with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Although coach Mark Dantonio made it clear Lewerke is the starter, he said he will turn to Lombardi if needed after the redshirt freshman led the Spartans to a win against the Boilermakers while throwing for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Cody White returned to the lineup last week after missing four games due to a broken left hand and has 22 catches for 320 yards and two touchdowns this season. That gives the Spartans two of the three starters to open the season, along with Darrell Stewart Jr., although Felton Davis’ college career is over due to a torn Achilles tendon. Cam Chambers, Jalen Nailor and Brandon Sowards are all key targets as well.

Ohio State ranks 85th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game at 243.9 and has allowed 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield leads the team with two picks and six pass break-ups. Secondary health has been a concern, but coach Urban Meyer on Monday said he doesn’t think that will be an issue this week.

All-American defensive end Nick Bosa is out for the season due to injury and headed to the NFL but the Buckeyes are tied for 16th in the nation at 3.0 sacks per game. Tackle Dre’Mont Jones leads the team with 6.5 sacks. 

The Spartans are allowing an average of 2.2 sacks per game and last week didn’t allow one for the first time this season.

Source : https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/a2d28c1b9e6467/michigan-state-vs-ohio-state-s.html