Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons The Buckeyes Will Beat Michigan State

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Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes for a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Can Ball Out In Big Games

J.T. Barrett didn’t play in any of the Buckeyes’ postseason games en route to the the national title last season, but he performed very well under the lights, on the road against Sparty in a must-win game for the Buckeyes.

Barrett was 16-of-26 for 300 yards, while adding another 86 yards on the ground during the Buckeyes 49-37 win.

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Looking back at this win is huge when trying to determine what kind of quarterback Barrett can be when the pressure looms, because for the most part, all of his wins as a starting quarterback during the 2014 season came against lesser opponents.

For all the questions surrounding the Buckeyes’ quarterback position, mainly Cardale Jones floundering and then Barrett getting charged with an OVI and getting suspended, the Buckeyes have a 79 percent chance to win this game, according to fivethirtyeight.com.

Barrett will be starting, and the odds of Ohio State winning are undoubtedly increased with the sophomore under center.

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