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Saturday, Nov. 26, the Michigan Wolverines take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game, to be played at Ohio Stadium, is slated for a 12:00 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Michigan vs. Ohio State preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Ohio State wins the matchup between the two teams 58.8% of the time. The spread also favors the Buckeyes.
Spread: Ohio State -7
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Michigan vs. Ohio State preview:
Michigan has been the model on consistency all season. The Wolverines have dominated every opponent they faced this season and boasted the nation’s top defense statistically. That is until Iowa pulled off a major upset of the Wolverines. Again, Michigan struggled last week against Indiana, but found a way to win. Now, the Wolverines need a win against Ohio State to stay relevant in the College Football Playoff discussion.
Ohio State currently sits at No. 2 in the College Football Rankings and ultimately the Buckeyes control their own fate going forward. After winning two games by identical scores of 62-3, the Buckeyes struggled against a better than advertised Michigan State team. Much like Michigan, Ohio State needs a win here to keep itself in the playoff conversation.
The Wolverines and Buckeyes have played 111 times in history, with the Wolverines holding a 58-47-6 advantage.
Michigan vs. Ohio State prediction:
This is the biggest game of the season. Not just for these two teams, but for college football in general. The winner of this game will most likely get into the College Football Playoff and get a shot at Alabama.
Michigan will be without starting quarterback Wilton Speight, so John O'Korn gets the start.
Ohio State is hungry, and the Buckeyes are at home. That's a dangerous combination, especially when fielding a backup quarterback.
Ohio State in a close, physical matchup.
Ohio State 23, Michigan 17