Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 28, Ohio State 27
I am trembling at the thought of this weekend, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for “The Game.” Let’s break things down; If I am the rest of the college football nation, I would be afraid to play either of these teams over the weekend. Michigan is rolling and continuing to prove that they belong in the national conversation. Ohio State is rebounding from a pitiful loss at home to Michigan State. We are talking two Top 10 teams who have a bid to a New Years Six Bowl on the line (if not more).
Harbaugh vs. Meyer. Round One. Buckle up.
If you are not on your feet in Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon, you’ll be on your feet in your living room at home. The hype is going to be unmatchable, and the Big House is going to be more electric than ever. This is officially the new age of the greatest rivalry in college football.
Let me tell you why Michigan wins:
Jake Rudock turns the ball over early, but plays lights out the rest of the game. Michigan finds a solid running game, in Jabrill Peppers – YES – Jabrill Peppers. Offensively, Peppers finds the end zone twice, in front of the highest college TV rating this season. Michigan’s defense will struggle to contain Ezekiel Elliott, but J.T. Barrett does the Wolverines a favor by being careless with the ball. A go-ahead touchdown drive led by Jake Rudock leads to a game sealing defensive stop for the Wolverines.
Michigan is back. Get used to it.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 35, Ohio State 32
This is going to be one for the ages, folks. After a loss at home to Michigan State, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be starving for a win at Michigan. However, Jim Harbaugh and Co. have other plans in mind come Saturday at noon.
After a couple away games in a row, Michigan will be well prepared for their final home game of the season against the rival Buckeyes. It also seems as if Urban Meyer has lost the locker room after their loss last weekend; Ezekiel Elliot called out the play calls and also came out and said he was leaving for the NFL after this season. Cardale Jones also admitted that this is his final season with Ohio State.
All of the momentum is with the Wolverines right now and are the favorite in Vegas as of right now by 2.5 points. If the Wolverines have any shot of winning, they need to stick with what they have been doing lately and keep passing the ball with Rudock. He has been the key to this offense all season and he will continue to be until the end of the year. It all rests in his hands, but if he throws interceptions and/or fumbles like he did against Penn State last week, Ohio State won’t be afraid to capitalize on those opportunities like they did against Michigan State as both of their touchdowns were off of turnovers. I believe Rudock and the boys will get this thing done and send OSU packing on a two game losing streak.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Ohio State 21, Michigan 17
Blood. Guts. Passion. Anger. Hatred. Love. No, this isn’t a Calvin Klein commercial, this is the best college football rivalry ever. Ohio State versus Michigan. Buckeyes versus Wolverines. The Evil Empire versus whatever they call the good guys in Star Wars.. You get what I’m saying. Urban Meyer will bring his squad to Ann Arbor this weekend, to face a Michigan team that is hungry and angry. Michigan State possibly prevented Michigan from a chance at a Big Ten title for the second time last weekend, defeating the Buckeyes on a late field goal, so this game means less than it did a few weeks ago in terms of championship aspirations, but The Game is always one that is circled at the start of the year. Ohio State and Michigan are both angry at slipping up and missing a chance to play for a Big Ten title, meaning there will be heads rolling this weekend. This is Jim Harbaugh’s chance to spice up the rivalry even more, and a win versus Ohio State would make it the Wolverines second win in the last eleven years. Harbaugh is tired of the Buckeye dominance, whether he says it publicly or not, and he will look to attack this day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind. However, I see the Scarlet and Grey winning this one close, 21-17
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 28, Ohio State 24
The greatest rivalry in sports is about to occur in just a few days! Michigan vs. Ohio State. Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Wolverine nation vs. Buckeye nation. My confidence level for this game increased tremendously since the beginning of the season. I did not expect Michigan to be sitting at 9-2, in contention for a Big Ten title. The winner of this game could face Iowa in the conference championship game.
This will be a very physical game that begins in the trenches. Michigan’s offensive and defensive lines are more physical than its opponents, especially after seeing how the Buckeyes were dominated on the line of scrimmage last week. Look for Jake Rudock to continue to have success in the passing game, which will lead to more rushing yards. The leading rusher will be Jabrill Peppers because he is the most dynamic player on the Michigan roster. He will have a season high number of plays on the field in all three phases of the game. This game will be a close battle right to the end, with Michigan having a game winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Michigans defense had to be ready to stop the run. They have been burnt up the middle in the past couple games and need to better at tackling on the first contact. Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott can run you over if you try to one arm tackle him, so they need to be ready to hit and hit hard. Michigan has to take away the run game if they want to win. The Wolverines secondary is good enough to have single coverage on Ohio states receivers so they can load the box.
In order for Michigan to be victorious they have to win the turnover ratio and play smash mouth old school Michigan football. The Wolverines finish strong winning its 10th game, doubling last years wins.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 24, Ohio State 14
The Game is finally here. We’ve been waiting all year for it, and this Saturday, it will finally arrive. Harbaugh vs, Meyer: Chapter One. I think this is going to be a great game all afternoon. Michigan’s run defense will obviously have to be much improved this Saturday in order for them to win the game. The Buckeyes passing game doesn’t scare me much against Michigan’s secondary. On the flip side Michigan has to take care of the ball. They can’t afford any silly turnovers this week. If they can take care of the ball, and play a solid defensive game, I see a 24-14 win.
Can Michigan win “The Game?”