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ESPN's 2nd Half Prediction For Ohio State-Michigan Game

An Ohio State football player deflecting a Michigan pass during a college football rivalry game.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Despite all the concerns about Ohio State's struggles last weekend against Maryland, the Buckeyes have come to play for rivalry week.

The Michigan Wolverines entered this game as one of the hottest teams in college football, but clearly that hasn't carried over to today's matchup. Well, that was at least until the final two minutes of the first half.

Ohio State had an impressive 21-6 lead over Michigan. However, one huge turnover from the Buckeyes and two touchdown passes from Shea Patterson helped bring the Wolverines back to life.

With the first half over, Ohio State leads 24-19.

Although the Buckeyes will regret those mental errors, ESPN still gives them a 64.7 percent chance to win this game.

ESPN's Football Power Index is giving No. 10 Ohio State a 64.7 percent of winning this game, giving No. 4 Michigan just a 35.3 percent chance of coming back in the second half.

A win probability chart for Ohio State vs. Michigan.

While the main story will be the turnover on special teams, don't overlook Dwayne Haskins' performance. The sophomore quarterback already has three touchdown passes on the afternoon.

This isn't just another rivalry game, the winner of this matchup will play in the Big Ten Championship.

Do you think Ohio State will hold off Michigan for the win?