As much as Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio dislikes arch-rival Michigan, he isn’t shedding any tears for Ohio State.
Ahead of Saturday’s matchup between his Spartans and Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, Dantonio made it clear that he doesn’t care if Ohio State is “struggling.”
“The games have been closer,” Dantonio said this week. “They are still 8-1. Everybody is acting like, ‘poor Ohio State;’ they are still 8-1 and ranked in the Top-10. They are pretty good and they have got some playmakers up front.”
Dantonio has lost back-to-back games in the Michigan State-Ohio State rivalry. However, he has historically kept his team close. Four of the last seven games between the two schools has been decided by three points or less.
Dantonio on OSU defense: "The games are closer. But they're still 8-1. Everybody is acting like, 'Poor Ohio State.' They're still 8-1 and in the top 10."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 6, 2018
Ohio State’s lone loss of the season came on October 20, 2018 in a 49-20 blowout loss to Purdue.
That same day, Dantonio and Michigan State were dominated by Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan, 21-7.
Michigan State and Ohio State have combined to win four of the last five Big Ten conference titles, but Michigan control their own destiny.