If you've looked at DavetheDawg's Barometer/Thermometer or RedCrake's helpful TV schedule, you know that this week is the wrong kind of dog. Having predicted the outcome of each of the SEC games and each of the national games of interest, it's time to turn our attention to the one game least worthy of attention or analysis, the National Game of Disinterest. This week that game is No. 13 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State.
This may be a meeting between two top 20 teams from a major conference, but that major conference is terrible this year. Big 10 teams have gone 5-7 against schools from the other Big 6 conferences and Notre Dame (the ACC's newest member!). That stat is even worse than it sounds. Those five wins came against Boston College (1-2), Cal (1-3), Syracuse (1-3) twice, and Vanderbilt (1-3), none of whom have yet to card a win against Big 6 competition. Can you name anyone in the Big 10 who's a threat to be relevant in January as anything other than a contractually mandated Rose Bowl tie-in? I can't.
While I'm not sure anyone in the Big Ten is actually any good, I am sure that neither of these teams are. Michigan State somehow ranks only 55th overall in rushing yards and 104th overall in points scored despite giving stud running back Le'Veon Bell nearly 30 carries per game. And they've played two directional Michigans. The Buckeyes "earned" their #14 ranking by beating Miami (Ohio), UCF, UAB, and Cal, the last of whom was tied with tOSU in the fourth quarter despite ranking outside the top 50 in every major statistical category. Even if the Buckeyes do win this match-up (or, miraculously, all the rest of their games), they're prohibited from participating in any post-season contests anyway. This pillow fight simply isn't worth your time.