(NEW YORK) — The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) will seek their second undefeated season in a row on Saturday when they play rival Michigan State (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten).
Due to NCAA sanctions last season the team was unable to play in a bowl game or a Big Ten championship game, but they’re only focused on taking care of business on Saturday.
”I have great respect for this rivalry – it almost makes me in awe,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said this week. ”The respect we have comes with incredible responsibility that sometimes can be overwhelming (when it comes) to what we have to do next week. So we take it very seriously.”
This will be the 110th time that Ohio State and Michigan meet in their storied rivalry.
“This game has always been different in some ways,” Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said this week. “Are they a good football team? Yeah. They’re a very good football team. Do we have to play better than we’ve played? I don’t think there’s any doubt.”
The Ohio State offense that has averaged 55.3 points and 597.0 yards in its last four games.
”This is the whole season, really,” Buckeyes safety C.J. Barnett said. ”Everything is out the window, records, everything we’ve done, haven’t done – it’s all about this week.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN