The Big Ten East is still up for grabs as Urban Meyer leads the No. 10 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) into East Lansing to take on Mark Dantonio and the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans (6-3) on Saturday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in most markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in most markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
Coming off a disastrous upset loss to Purdue in primetime in late October, Ohio State struggled mightily last week in a narrow five-point home win against Nebraska. The Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers for a good portion of the game, before smothering Scott Frost’s team with a better second-half performance.
Most of Meyer and the Buckeyes’ struggles this season have come on the road. Ohio State, led by Dwayne Haskins, who is still a Heisman Trophy candidate, barely squeaked by then-top 10 ranked Penn State by one point over a month ago.
Dantonio confirmed Brian Lewerke will start at quarterback this week for Michigan State, after returning in a 24-3 win against Maryland.
“Brian is our starting quarterback, I think you can go with that. That’s the foundation that he’s built here. I didn’t see any velocity issues relative to his arm strength. If he was hurt, he would not be playing.”
Lewerke initially injured his shoulder two weeks ago in a 23-13 home victory against Purdue. Freshman Rocky Lombardi performed mop-up duty, managing the Spartans to a 10-point win.
The discrepancy at quarterback is noticeable, but despite Haskins’ stellar play, it has been the Buckeyes defense which has failed the team. Allowing 49 points to Purdue ad 31 points to Nebraska, at home no less, isn’t a recipe for success.
Matchup to Watch: Michigan State boasts the 22nd total defense in the nation, allowing 325.1 yards per game. They are particularly stingy against the run, allowing 71.7 rushing yards per game, which will keep Haskins in the pocket and make it hard for Ohio State to sustain drives.