The Ohio State football team takes on Michigan this Saturday in Ohio Stadium for what should be an all-time great game.
The No. 2 Ohio State football team meets up with the No. 3 ranked Michigan Wolverines this weekend in Columbus. It’s the first time both teams are ranked in the top three since the 2006 classic. With a berth in the Big Ten Championship game and a probable spot in the College Football Playoffs at stake, this is one of the most highly anticipated matchups in recent memory of The Game.
Michigan comes in undefeated after beating Illinois last Saturday on a last-second field goal. The status of star running back Blake Corum is still in doubt and could play a major factor in the outcome of this contest.
On the other side, the Buckeyes come in after a lackluster performance against Maryland and major concerns with health in their running back room as well. Freshman tailback Dallan Hayden ran for three touchdowns and 146 yards against the Terrapins and could be in line for the start against the Wolverines.
This is a game between two very good teams who do things vastly differently. Michigan is obviously a run-first team that has two great backs in Corum and Donovan Edwards, who was out injured last week as well.
The Buckeyes and C.J. Stroud will try to do what they do best, and that’s throw the ball to this great receiver corps assembled by wide receiver coach Brian Hartline.
With early weather reports that seem favorable for Ohio State and the passing game, that spells trouble for this Michigan defense. Will Jaxon Smith-Nijigba surprise us all and make his return?
There are so many layers to this game and so many storylines. This is sure to be an all-time classic and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. Here are three predictions for the game.