Michigan State shutting Buckeyes down

October, 1, 2011
10/01/11
5:54
PM ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Remember how bad Ohio State's offense looked against Miami? Well, the Buckeyes have been even worse through three quarters today.

At least the Buckeyes managed a couple of field goals in that debacle against the Hurricanes. Against Michigan State, they are lucky to get a first down that isn't aided by a Spartans penalty.

Michigan State hasn't done much right with the ball, either, but it will have the ball at the Ohio State 6 when the fourth quarter starts. A touchdown makes this a 14-0 game and would seem like an insurmountable lead the way things have gone.

Among the many troubling aspects for Ohio State's offense: the middle of the offensive line, including All-American center Mike Brewster, is allowing far too much defensive penetration; Braxton Miller, who's been sacked four times and hit multiple others, is not showing any elusiveness under pressure; and the play calling is completely predictable -- the Buckeyes have yet to attempt a pass on first down.

Spartans sophomore defensive end William Gholston may be having the best game of his career. He's been all over the place, pressuring Miller, dragging down ball carriers and knocking away the rare Ohio State pass (it helps to be 6-foot-7). The Buckeyes have no answer for him or any other piece of the opposing defense.

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