By: Quentin Ison
“The Game” will begin another storied chapter tomorrow at Noon in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Traveling from Columbus and coming off a disappointing loss, is the Buckeyes who enter the game at 10-1. The Wolverines are perhaps one botched play away from playoff consideration but find themselves still alive in the Big Ten East Division with a 9-2 record.
The long-awaited showdown between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh has finally come to center stage. Harbaugh and the Wolverines will be looking to end a drought against their arch-rivals, a game they haven’t won since 2011. The Wolverines are perhaps the best equipped they have been in the past decade to knock of the Buckeyes. The stellar defensive play and the emergence of Quarterback Jake Rudock have been the main stories this year. Harbaugh and Meyer’s team need a bit of help from Penn State to play undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten Conference Championship game.
The Buckeyes enter the game with many of the same questions that have surrounded them all season. When will the offense show up? Outside of standout tailback Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State has struggled to muster the offensive firepower that led them to a National Championship last season. It will be imperative for Elliot to run well and create opportunities for Quarterback J.T. Barrett and the play action to keep the tenacious Michigan secondary led by Jabrill Peppers and Jordan Davis off-balance.
There is no doubt that there will be plenty of energy flying around come kickoff at “The Big House”. Michigan may have the edge in terms of momentum, but in a game that means more than anything to both, records don’t matter. I expect this to be agrueling, physical game. (Sounds a bit like a Woody vs. Bo game, doesn’t it?). I have a gut feeling this game will come down to field position and turnovers. I do know one thing; this game is going to be very fun to watch.
In the end, I expect the Buckeyes to rise to the occasion. Elliot finds his grooves and the Buckeyes are able to escape the clutches of the “Big House” with their pride intact.
Ohio State 28 – Michigan 24