Ohio State and Michigan will square off next week with a great deal on the line, per usual. But this Saturday, they both took on 5-5 teams eager to reach bowl eligibility. Neither contest shaped up to be easy.
Ohio State barely survived Maryland's upset bid - emerging with a 52-51 overtime win that came on a failed two-point conversion try. Now, Michigan is fighting to achieve a similar result.
Michigan currently trails Indiana at halftime, 17-15. Jim Harbaugh's club is going to have to turn things around in the second half to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt.
Michigan took the lead with just under five minutes to play in the second half on a 41-yard pass from Shea Patterson to Nick Eubanks. But Indiana countered on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Ramsey to Ty Fryfogle.
Michigan had a chance to re-take the lead with a few seconds left in the first half, but some clock mismanagement led to the Wolverines forfeiting points.
Michigan, with a 9-1 record, needs to win to keep pace when it comes to the College Football Playoff. The contest with Ohio State will be for the Big Ten East regardless, but the Wolverines have their sights set on bigger goals.
Indiana needs to beat either Michigan or Purdue to become bowl eligible. The second half awaits.