Jody Victor : Buckeyes Face Spartans In East Lansing

Jody Victor: Ohio State (6-1/3-0) visits Michigan State (6-1/3-0) for a 3:30 p.m. Eastern game this Saturday at Spartan Stadium (75,005) in East Lansing. The Big Ten matchup will be televised by ABC.

* Ohio State is 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten

* Michigan State is 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten

* This is the 39th meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 26-12

* Coach Jim Tressel is 79-17 (.823) in eight seasons at Ohio State; 214-74-2 (.741) in his 23rd season overall

* Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who is 13-7 in his second season at MSU, was the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator from 2001-03

The Buckeyes are ranked 11th this week in the USA Today/AFCA coaches' poll, 12th in the Associated Press media poll and 13th in the Harris Poll. Michigan State is ranked 17th by the coaches, 20th by AP and 18th in the Harris Poll.

With six wins thus far in 2008, the Buckeyes are among 15 teams nationally that are already bowl eligible. Others are: Alabama, Ball State, Boise State, BYU, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah, and Western Michigan.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor