No. 4 Michigan visits No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. The teams have identical 10-1 records, the Big Ten East…
No. 4 Michigan visits No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. The teams have identical 10-1 records, the Big Ten East championship is on the line and coaches Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer are under pressure.
In other words, this is what “The Game” is all about. For Michigan, it’s a chance to score its first victory in this rivalry since 2011. Harbaugh is 0-3 against the Buckeyes, but this year’s team visits Ohio Stadium as a 3.5-point favorite – a nod to the Wolverines’ consistency on both sides of the ball.
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Ohio State, however, has never lost to Michigan under Urban Meyer. Dwayne Haskins remains on the fringe of the Heisman Trophy conversation. The Buckeyes have not lost “The Game” in Columbus since 2000.
The winner will go to Indianapolis and play for the Big Ten championship. The loser will feel this one more than most installments. Here’s a look at the need-to-know information about the Wolverines and Buckeyes heading into the big matchup:
Michigan and Ohio State kick off at noon ET on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Michigan-Ohio State betting odds
Michigan opened as a 3.5-point favorite, and that line jumped to 4.0 points on Sunday night. The Wolverines have not been favored in Columbus since 2004, a game the Buckeyes won 37-21
Michigan leads the all-time series 58-49-6, but it’s a series the Buckeyes have dominated in the 21st century. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 18 matchups, and Meyer is a perfect 6-0 against the Wolverines. Michigan has not won at Ohio Stadium since a 38-26 victory in 2000.
Three trends to know ahead of Michigan-Ohio State
– The Wolverines are 1-3 against the spread on the road this season, and That includes a loss to Notre Dame as a 2.5-point favorite in Week 1. Michigan, however, did cover a 7.5-point spread against rival Michigan State. Michigan is 6-5 against the spread this season.
– Ohio State is 4-7 against the spread this season, and this is a rare chance to be an underdog after 51 consecutive games as the favorite. The Buckeyes have been a underdog six times under Meyer, however, and they are 6-0 in those games.
– The Buckeyes have averaged 35.5 points per game in the last six wins against Michigan, and that includes 34.3 points per game in the last three meetings against Harbaugh. The Wolverines have averaged 25 points per game in that same six-year stretch, including 20 points per game under Harbaugh.
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– Dwayne Haskins and OSU’s receivers. Haskins filled in against Michigan in last year’s 31-20 victory, and he finished 6 of 7 for 94 yards. That included hitting 3 of 4 passes for 80 yards on third down. Expect Haskins and Ohio State’s deep group of receivers to work the crossing routes early to set up deep shots against Michigan’s aggressive secondary. The Wolverines have the top pass defense in the FBS (123.2 yards per game) and have allowed seven touchdown passes.
– Harbaugh and Shea Patterson. The last time Michigan won in Columbus, then coach Lloyd Carr turned Drew Henson loose. Yes, Henson is the last Wolverines quarterback to win at Ohio Stadium, and he did that by hitting 14 of 25 passes for 303 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Henson added a touchdown run to seal the victory in the final minutes. Patterson is going to have to make some big-time throws for the Wolverines on the road, and Harbaugh has to trust him with an aggressive game plan, especially if Michigan has the lead in the second half.
– The defensive lines. Chase Winovich (upper body injury) will be a question mark throughout the week, but this is a game for future first-round pick Rashan Gary to show out. The Wolverines can not let Haskins unleash deep passes from a clean pocket, especially early in the game. Ohio State, meanwhile, must get pressure from the tandem of Dre’Mont Jones (7.5 sacks) and Chase Young (5.5 sacks). This is a showcase for outstanding defensive linemen on both sides. NFL scouts will be watching.
In true, Woody-Bo form, this game is about running the football and stopping the run.
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The Wolverines average 219.2 rushing yards and average 5.0 yards per carry. The Buckeyes are at 182.4 yards and 4.4 yards per carry. Du vinder kampen på jorden, så sjanser er du vinder dette spillet. That will never change.
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The Wolverines are up against a lot of history at the shoe, and with good reason The Buckeyes have dominated the series by being more consistent in every phase, especially at quarterback. That has been the biggest difference in the series, and Haskins can leave his imprint. Han kan ikke gjøre det alene, men. Michigan has a healthy quarterback in Patterson and a team that has been more consistent all season. Ohio State will lead after the first quarter before Michigan dials in, but the Wolverines will take over the game in the second half. It’s going to be close – and maybe every bit as dramatic as the 30-27 double-overtime thriller in 2016. The Wolverines, however, do just enough to break the streak.
Michigan 31, Ohio State 26