The #15 Michigan Wolverines host the unranked Ohio State Buckeyes for the 108th meeting between the two schools in the biggest rivalry in college football. Ohio State has won the last seven games in a row in the series, and 9 of the past 10 games. The 132nd Michigan Football team has a chance to do something that no other Michigan football team has ever done, and that is to win 8 games in The Big House. Michigan is a 7 point favorite.

On offense, the Buckeyes are led by Freshman Braxton Miller; he has gained 595 yards and 6 TDs in 128 attempts and thrown for 53 for 109 for 762 yards with 9 TDs and 3 interceptions. His backup is Senior Joe Bauserman; he is 40 of 86 for 492 yards and thrown 5 TDs. At running back, Dan "Boom" Herron has 559 yards in 108 attempts with 2 TDs. Herron has run for 358 yards and 3 TDs against Michigan in the last 3 seasons including last year's 175 yards and one TD effort. Sophomore Carlos Hyde has run for 549 yards in 101 attempts with 6 TDs. Jordan Hall has 381 yards in 95 attempts for 2 TDs. Their rushing attack has been successful due to a big, tough offensive line. They are led by Senior Left Tackle Mike Adams, Senior Right Tackle J.B. Shugarts and Senior Center Mike Brewster. All three have a good chance to play in the NFL. Right Guard is manned by Sophomore Jack Mewhort and Left Guard by Sophomore Andrew Norwell. Sophomore Marcus Hall and/or Antonio Underwood may also see action on the offensive line. Their fullback is Junior Zach Boren. Their rushing attack averages 201 yards per game ranking them #27 nationally and #4 in the Big Ten. If we are to have a chance to defeat the Buckeyes, we'll need to contain their run game. The Buckeye passing attack has not been great this year; they are ranked #118 nationally and #12 in the Big Ten. As a result, their total offense has netted an average of 315 yards per game ranking them #108 nationally and #11 in the Big Ten. The favorite target for Miller and Bauserman has been Junior Tight End Jake Stoneburner; he has 13 receptions, and 7 TDs. At wide receiver, Senior DeVier Posey and Sophomore Corey Brown. Brown has 12 catches and Posey only 4. Posey has 9 receptions against Michigan in the past two seasons. Freshman Devin Smith replaced Posey while he was suspended, and he has 11 catches for 241 yards and 4 TDs. Junior Reid Fragel backs up Stoneburner, and Sophomore Chris Fields may also see action at wideout. Ohio State had their best offensive game of the season against Wisconsin at home when they came from behind to defeat a tough Badger team, 33-29 at home after falling behind with 1:18 to go. Devin Smith caught a 40 yard TD pass with 20 second to go. Ohio State racked up 268 rushing yards and held the Badgers to only 89 on the ground.

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Taylor Lewan Johnny Simon
J.T. Floyd DeVier Posey
Denard Robinson Andrew Sweat/Ryan Shazier
Fitzgerald Touissaint Storm Klein
Kenny Demens Braxton Miller
Jake Ryan Boom Herron
Kevin Koger Tyler Moeller
Mark Huyge Jonathan Hankins
Jordan Kovacs Jake Stoneburner
The strength of the Buckeye team is defense; as always, tough and physical. They are led by Senior WILL Linebacker Andrew Sweat; he has 68 tackles, 5 for loss, and interception, 3 pass break ups and a forced fumble. Unfortunately, he missed the Penn State game so he may not play or at least be at full strength for this one. Freshman Ryan Shazier will spell Sweat; he had 15 tackles against Penn State. The other linebackers are Junior SAM Etienne Sabino and Junior MIKE Storm Klein. Freshman Curtis Grant could also see action. Their defensive line is anchored by Sophomore Detroiter Jonathan Hankins and Junior Johnny Simon. Hankins has 61 tackles, 10 for loss, 3 sacks and has a fumble recovery at Defensive Tackle. Simon has moved to Defensive End, and he has 43 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 6 sacks and 3 tipped passes. The other Defensive Tackle is Junior Garrett Goebel and the other Defensive End is Sophomore Adam Bellamy. In the backfield, Sophomore Safety Christian Bryant has shined this year with 59 tackles, 8 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. The other Safety, C.J. Barnett has 57 tackles, 6 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. The two cornerbacks are Freshman Bradley Roby and Junior Travis Howard. The STAR is Senior Tyler Moeller. Junior Orhian Johnson and Sophomore Dominic Clarke may also play some in the backfield. This is a young defense who will be even tougher next season.

On special teams, Jordan Hall is their star. Last year, he took back an 85 yarder for a TD against us. He is averaging 28.6 yards per kickoff return, and 6.4 yards on punt returns. Sophomore Jamaal Berry also returns kickoffs along with Chris Fields. Sophomore Drew Basil is their placekicker, and he is 13 of 16 with a 47 yarder as his longest. Basil has 10 touchbacks in 54 kickoffs. Their punter is Junior Ben Buchanan; his is averaging 40.9 yards per boot with 22 of his 62 attempts downed inside the 20 and 23 fair catches. Both Buchanan and Basil did an excellent job in last year's Michigan game. Basil had 8 kickoffs with one touchback, and Buchanan punted 4 times for 44.5 yards including a 59 yarder. The Buckeye kickoff cover team is the best in the Big Ten and #11 nationally allowing only 18.2 yards per kickoff.

Speculation prior to the game includes the story that Luke Fickell will be fired after the game, and Urban Meyer has already accepted the position as the new Buckeye head coach. No Terrell Pryor, no Troy Smith, no passing attack. The Wolverines must stop the Buckeye rushing attack, and keep them one dimensional. On offense, we must maintain time of possession advantage, and convert our red zone opportunities. Obviously, as always, the team who wins the turnover battle has the best chance to win in this game. Michigan wins at home, and breaks the Buckeye hex. Michigan finishes 10-2 and Ohio State 6-6. Hail to the Victors!!!

Michigan 24 Ohio State 13

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This is the greatest rivalry in all of sports in the United States. They have played every year since 1918, and the game was moved to the last Saturday of the season in 1935. Even though Michigan holds an advantage with 57 wins in 107 games; since 1918, the advantage is 45 wins and 44 losses with 4 ties. Michigan's record at the Big House is 22-18-3 since 1918. The Buckeyes began calling this series the "Gold Pants" which began in 1934, and hold a 38-35-4 advantage. Ohio State takes pride in their record against Michigan since the Snow Bowl in 1950 when the Woody Hayes era began, it is 26-32-2 since 1951.

Decade Team Record Highlight
2000-2009 Ohio State 8W-2L 2006 #1 vs. #2, 39-42
1990-1999 Michigan 7W-2L-1T
1980-1989 Michigan 6W-4L
1970-1979 Ohio State 5W-4L-1T 10-10 Tie and Rose Bowl Vote in 1973
1960-1969 Ohio State 7W-3L 50 points in 1968, Woody goes for 2 and 1969 Revenge, 24-12
1950-1959 Tied 5W-5L Snow Bowl 9-3, no first downs
1940-1949 Michigan 6W-2L-2T
1930-1939 Tied 5W-5L
1920-1929 Michigan 6W-4L 1922 Ohio Stadium dedication game ruined, and 1927 Big House dedication game celebrated
1910-1919 Michigan 3W-1L-1T
1900-1909 Michigan 9W-0L-1T
1890-1899 Michigan 1W-0L
Undefeated Seasons Ruined by Arch-Rival Team Times
1969, 1973, 1993, 1995, 1996 Ohio State 5
1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 2006 Michigan 5
Undefeated Conference Seasoned Ruined by Arch-Rival Team Times
1939, 1964, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996 Ohio State 11
1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2004, 2006 Michigan 10
Category Michigan Ohio State
Legend Coach(es) Bo Schembechler, Fielding Yost and Fritz Crisler Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel
Legend Players Tom Harmon, Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard Archie Griffin, Hopalong Cassidy and Troy Smith
Current Record 9 wins-2 losses, 5-2 in Big Ten 6 wins-5 losses, 3-4 in the Big Ten
Heisman winners 3 7
All-Americans 150 (126 individuals) 177 (135 individuals)
Bowl Record 19 wins-20 losses, 20 Rose Bowls (8-12) 19 wins-22 losses, 14 Rose Bowls (7-7)
Big Ten Titles 42 34
NCAA Titles 11 7
Series Record 57W-44L-6T 44W-57L-6T
Overall Record 893-310-36 836-314-53
Fight Song The Victors Fight the Team
Hate Song Liquidate Ohio State Don't give a damn about Michigan
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Other Song Varsity Buckeye Battle Cry
Other Song Hawaiian War Chant Hey Cheer
Other Song Yellow&Blue Carmen Ohio
Mascot Wolverine Buckeye (Brutus)
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