Harlon Barnett is confident that he can upset the Buckeyes in Columbus this coming Saturday.
Harlon Barnett, the interim coach of Michigan State, is expecting an upset at Ohio Stadium when his team plays No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday.
And sure, Barnett thinks that if the Spartans play perfect football on Saturday, the Buckeyes could lose.
“They’re beatable guys just like anybody else, we’re going to go down with the mindset to go attack them and get a win,” Barnett stated. That’s how I think. It’s not going to change. When someone brought up spoilers last week, I thought, “That’s a scrub mentality.” I have never had that mindset, and I never will.
Despite their difficult regular season, the Spartans (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten) can still qualify for a bowl game if they continue to play well in the last three weeks. The run begins with a game against Ohio State and continues with games against Indiana and No. 10 Penn State.
Do not misunderstand either. Like any other team in the nation, the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0) are defeatable. Rutgers challenged Ohio State last week, but a second-half surge in Piscataway sealed the 19-point victory.
According to Barnett, the Buckeyes are aware of their ranking in the College Football Playoff polls and are playing outstanding football.
“What you see, I see. They’re a solid team, though. There, they consistently attract a significant deal of talent. They have more excellent football players outside Marvin Harrison, according to Barnett. “They don’t lack talent in any area—offensive, defensive, or otherwise. Thus, we must descend there and, as I mentioned before, pay close attention to detail to ensure that we will take advantage of every opportunity to execute.
It will be difficult for the Spartans’ 57th-ranked pass defense to stop Harrison on its own. Against the Scarlet Knights, the 6-4 junior was limited to four receptions for 26 yards, but two of those catches resulted in scores.