Both teams are 10-1, with Ohio State 8-0 in Big Ten play and Michigan 7-1 in league action. Whoever wins this weekend will be the Big Ten East champion and move on to the conference title game.
Additionally, OSU moved up to No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, while Michigan jumped up to No. 5. The winner of "The Game" will have an inside track at a playoff berth.
This morning, ESPN's Bill Connelly released the SP+ formula score predictions for the upcoming weekend. Connelly’s proprietary predictive SP+ formula is “an opponent- and tempo-adjusted look at the most sustainable and predictive aspects of college football.”
According to SP+, the Buckeyes will pull off a close victory, 32-26.
Ohio State has won eight straight over the Wolverines dating back to 2012. Last year's game was canceled due to a COVID outbreak in the Michigan program.
If Michigan wins, it will not only be their first victory over the Buckeyes in a decade but also the first for Jim Harbaugh as head coach. It would also earn the Maize and Blue their first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Michigan-Ohio State will kick off at noon ET Saturday on FOX.