When: Saturday, Nov. 26 – Noon ET Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus.

This game is a play in game for college football playoffs it’s really simple for Ohio State, win and your in without  having to play in the Big Ten Championship. For Michigan, it needs a victory and then another in the conference title game to be assured of a College football playoff bid.

It’s no surprise to people that this game means so much for the playoffs, this is one of the most heated rivalry since 1897. There have been a lot of big moments in this series including the 2006 matchup that ended in a 42-39 win for Ohio State, that was when Ohio State was ranked number 1 and Michigan ranked number 2. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are very well matched this year, the only advantage goes to Ohio State because its being played in Columbus.

What to know about the Michigan Wolverines
Michigan hasn’t been very impressive lately they suffered a loss at Iowa 14-13, then trailed Indiana 7-3 at halftime. Michigan did mount a comeback and win the game 20-10, with backup quarterback John O’Korn while Wilton Speights sat out with a shoulder injury. Speights has remained day to day with a broken collarbone. The Wolverines have 2 key payers in this matchup John O’Korn and Jabrill Peppers look for these 2 guys to play a big factor in this game.

What the know about the Ohio State Buckeyes
J.T. Barrett has led the Buckeyes on a 4 game win streak after losing to Penn State 24-21. Last week the Buckeyes held onto a 17-16 win over Michigan State to keep the playoff hopes alive. Over the last 3 games J.T. Barrett has been very good for the Buckeyes throwing for 7 touchdowns without one interception. The Buckeyes have 2 key players for this matchup Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel who are both very athletic and quick running backs.

Who has the edge?
Defense: Michigan – In my opinion when you have a guy named Jabrill Peppers who is one of the most athletic and versatile players in the game your defense is gonna be one of the best in the country. This game will come down to defense in the end low scoring defensive battle. 

Offense: Ohio State – Both of these offense are very good but Michigan just lost there starting quarterback Wilton Speights. Ohio State is averaging 6.35 yards per play.

Special teams: Michigan – This category is won for the Wolverines because Jabrill Peppers he is averaging 15 yards per punt return. 

Key Injuries
Wilton Speight- Questionable for Saturday’s game vs Ohio State with a collarbone injury. (Michigan)

Quinn Nordin- Questionable for Saturday’s game vs Ohio State due to a leg injury. (Michigan)

Dontre Wilson- Probable for Saturday’s game vs Ohio State will most likely suit up. Undisclosed injury. (Ohio State)

Malik Barrow- Questionable for the game on Saturday due to an illness. Is uncertain to play vs Michigan. (Ohio State)
Michigan vs Ohio State score prediction: Michigan 17 Ohio State 14. 

 

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