Michigan State struggled to stop Ohio State’s offense both on the ground and through the air a year ago. The Buckeyes are better this year. But so is the Spartans’ defense. It will be a battle of strengths when Mark Dantonio’s defense takes the field against Urban Meyer’s offense Saturday at noon (Fox) as No. 24 MSU tries to keep its faint hopes of a Big Ten East title alive against No. 8 Ohio State at Spartan Stadium.