The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated this season and looking to sneak into the national championship game and on Saturday they have one major hurdle against the Michigan Wolverines and the Big Ten rivalry matchup for "The Game" will be in Ann Arbor this season at Michigan Stadium and the contest will go live at 12:00 pm noon on ABC and streaming online for the huge rivalry game.
The Buckeyes are ranked third in the nation with an 11-0 record on the season and they are 7-0 in the Big Ten conference this year and this is their last chance to have a slip up before the conference title game. The team comes in with an undefeated record over the past two seasons and now Urban Meyer is hoping that Alabama will lose to Auburn or Florida State loses to Florida and if that happens and the team wins over Michigan, that would send the BCS wild. The top part of the standings are close and OSU comes in with the Michigan game left as well as the Big Ten championship against the tough Michigan State Spartans, while Alabama has to win against the Tigers and then also has to play in the SEC championship game. The Seminoles have the same issues ahead, as they play Florida and then the ACC championship game and one top of that they have Jameis Winston's issues to deal with.
Michigan is unranked coming into this game, but they have played well at various points through the season and now they have the biggest game of the year for the team at home at the Big House and gives them a chance to knockoff their rivals. The Buckeyes are ranked third in the nation with nearly 50 points scored per game and the team is also rushing the ball very well, going for over 300 yards per game this season with 314 rushing yards per contest and the defense has come through as well, averaging just under 20 points per game with the eighth best scoring defense in the nation. The Buckeyes are coming into the game after a massive win over the Indiana Hoosiers and after playing against Michigan the team will face off against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the conference championship.
Michigan comes into the game after losing against Iowa on the road and the team now is hosting its biggest rival at the Big House and they are 1-1 this season against the top 25 and Devin Gardner is coming in with 2,500 passing yards per game, while Fitzgerald Toussaint has 613 rushing yards. Jeremy Gallon has over 1,000 yards receiving this season and now Ohio State will have to focus on those three players heading into the huge matchup. The team comes in scoring just over 30 points per game and they are averaging over 350 yards per contest and they come in having lost three of the past four game sand the only win during that span was a three overtime win against Northwestern. The team opened the season 5-0 before losing its first game and the team has lost four of the past six to finish the season and while Brady Hoke has been told his job is secure, a bad game here against the Buckeyes at home in front of the 100,000 fans at the Big House on Saturday could end things.