It is upon us.
The Game between Michigan and Ohio State that everyone has been waiting for his here on Saturday at noon on ABC. The nation will be watching and the stakes have arguably never been higher for the two teams.
A win will send the third-ranked Wolverines to their first ever Big Ten title game as East division champs, while an OSU victory does not send them to Indy but probably gets them into the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes ran the Wolverines right off the field in the inaugural meeting between Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer by a score of 42-13, but this year’s showdown figures to be much closer with revenge fueling Michigan in this matchup. OSU has won four straight and 11 of the last 12 in this rivalry.
This game comes down to the battle in the trenches, as most do in this sport. Michigan has the ability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and will have to bring their best effort yet into the showdown against their hated rivals.
The Buckeyes bring an offense that gives Michigan fits with a spread, up-tempo look and a running quarterback in JT Barrett that had his way in this game last season.
Expect this showdown to live up to the hype and be close to the very end.
Teams: No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 B1G) at No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1 B1G)
Date: November 26th, 2016
Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Streaming on: WatchESPN
Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)
Spread: Ohio State -6.5, O/U 45.5
- The A-Team is calling this game. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi are on the call for this one.
- Michigan is 58-48-6 all-time against the Buckeyes and 27-26-2 in Columbus.
- The Wolverines have not won at Ohio Stadium since the 2000 season.
- The Buckeyes are 6-3-1 when the two teams meet ranked inside the top five. The last time that occured was the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2006.
- This is the 50th-straight year that The Game will be televised.
- Michigan has 15 players from the state of Ohio, which is the largest population of players on the roster that do not call Michigan their home state.
- With a win, Michigan plays for a Big Ten title in Indianapolis next weekend. An Ohio State win would put Penn State in the title game if they beat Michigan State.
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