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

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Nov 7, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Zeke Gets A Heisman Moment Opportunity

The Michigan State contest is the type of game that can make a Heisman Trophy winner. While Ezekiel Elliott said he’s preoccupied with winning the Big Ten title, you better believe Zeke’s teammates know what’s at stake for the junior running back.

The college football world will be watching the Buckeyes battle Sparty, and a stellar game against a highly-ranked opponent would do wonders for Zeke’s Heisman chances.

Elliott’s been the Buckeyes’ most consistent offense weapon, and Ohio State will need him to top the century mark again if the Buckeyes want to remain in the top four of the College Football Playoff poll.

If Elliott is a true Heisman contender, which many consider him to be, the Buckeyes No. 3 all-time leading rusher should show up and show out against Sparty’s defense.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has this to say about the Buckeyes’ blue-chip back:

"“You could put him on the kickoff team — you could put him probably at any position, any skilled position, (defensive) front seven-type — I mean, linebacker, you could put him in a lot of different positions because he’s a physical player. He brings the physicality to the running back position, no question.”"

Should Elliott topple the 100-yard mark again, it will mark the 15th straight game in winch Zeke’s cracked the century mark.

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