The Ohio State football team looks to take revenge against TTUN on November 25th in Ann Arbor. Here is our Michigan preview.
The Ohio State football team has lost its two last matchups against its archrival, Michigan. To say this year’s game on November 25th is a big one is a very large understatement. Simply put: Ryan Day needs to win this game. In our last edition of Ohio State football schedule prep, we take a look at the Michigan Wolverines.
Obviously led by one of the better coaches in all of college football, Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines are in prime position to repeat as Big Ten champs. Returning starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy looks to take the next step in his development in 2023, which would be becoming a more efficient passer. McCarthy is probably the favorite to be the First-Team All-Big Ten quarterback and he has the best backfield in all of college football to help.
Tailbacks Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards will be a handful for opposing defenses in 2023. Corum rushed for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns on his way to becoming a Heisman finalist in 2022. Edwards rushed for 991 yards and seven scores of his own. Keeping this duo healthy will be key for Michigan and if they can, this team could be as good as any in the country.
It doesn’t hurt that the Wolverines boast one of the best offensive lines in the nation, led by senior guard Zak Zinter, who is most certainly an early candidate for the All-American teams. Zinter’s fellow guard Trevor Keegan could also make a run to be an All-American as well.
The one weakness of this Wolverine offense is probably its receiver unit. They are not that deep and its leading returning receiver, Cornelius Johnson, only had 32 receptions for 499 yards in 2022.
Defensively, TTUN should be strong once again as they finished last season ranked sixth nationally. Linebacker/Edge pass rusher Braiden McGregor will be looked upon by the Wolverines to replace outgoing sack leader Mike Morris. McGregor had 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a limited role in 2022.
Second-year defensive tackle Mason Graham is a force in the middle after having a stellar freshman season last year with 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks of his own while playing very well against the run.
The back seven will be the strength of this Michigan defense however, led by linebacker Junior Colson, who led the Wolverines in tackles with 101 in 2022. Cornerback Will Johnson might be the best corner in the Big Ten. He had three picks as a freshman last year while also being an effective tackler. Rod Moore at safety is also a ballhawk in the secondary, registering four interceptions of his own in 2022.
Overall, this might be Michigan’s best team under Jim Harbaugh. With a solid coaching staff and a very good core of returning players, the Wolverines and Ohio State are on a collision course for the Big Ten East title come November 25th.