Well, we were 8-4 last year, to be fair. OSU is a really high variance team, I think. They can probably beat anyone in the country if they're clicking. But if the offense is having an off day, any good team can take them down. MSU is the opposite, in that their defense is consistently good and slowly grinds down the will of the opponent.
The great irony of all this is that MSU is exactly what Hoke wants us to be. A pro-style, low-risk, defense-first tank that a high-variance team like OSU will bounce off of. Like Saban did to Meyer's Florida teams. Who would've thunk that MSU would be that team first?