FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) throws during the team's NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Cook missed much of last week's game after taking a shot to his throwing shoulder. H
Nati Harnik, File
November 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is not starting for the No. 9 Spartans against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

Cook missed most of last week's game against Maryland after taking a shot to his right shoulder. Michigan State gave little information about Cook leading up to the game. Coach Mark Dantonio said Cook was a 9 1/2 on a scale of 10 when asked about the quarterback's health.

Tyler O'Conner is starting in Cook's place. The junior has played four games this season and is 6 for 11 for 44 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.

Cook is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, throwing for 2,482 yards and 21 touchdowns for a Michigan State offense that has had an inconsistent running game.

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