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The rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes is one of the oldest in all of college football and the two teams will meet in Ann Arbor at the Big House on Saturday afternoon for the next installment of The Game and after playing 109 times, this one could help OSU get into the national championship game with a win and the matchup at Michigan Stadium will start up at 12:00 pm noon on TV on ABC and will be streaming online.
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Michigan has not had the season they envisioned after starting of undefeated through five games, while the Buckeyes are looking to muscle their way into the top two of the BCS rankings, but even with a win over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, it's no guarantee they will get past either Florida State or Alabama unless one of those two teams lose. Luckily for Ohio State, all three teams have conference championship games to take care of and that gives the Buckeyes another chance to play and the other two teams chances to lose. Michigan was ranked 11th in the nation at one point this season, but after slumping down the second part of the schedule, they now can play spoiler against the Buckeyes and that's about it as they wait to get a bowl assignment. The Buckeyes have another tough game after this one, win or lose against the Michigan State Spartans and that game at Lucas Oil Stadium will decide the conference title.
Ohio State has been one of the best rushing teams in the nation this year and Carlos Hyde comes in leading the team with over 1,000 yards rushing and his 13 touchdowns have been crucial for the team and he is averaging an impressive seven yards per carry. Braxton Miller has been one of the main reasons why the Buckeyes are undefeated over the past two years and he comes in with over 1,600 passing yards and 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions and he has also been taking care of things on the ground, rushing for 738 yards on the season with five touchdowns and he is averaging over six yards per carry as well. Miller will have to play smart on Saturday, as the Wolverines have some impact players as well in Devin Gardner, who has over 2,500 yards passing and nearly 500 rushing yards and almost 30 combined touchdowns this season. He has not been very accurate, tossing 11 touchdowns, but he could be a different maker on Saturday and so could Fitz Toussaint, who is leading the team with over 600 yards rushing.
Jeremy Gallon will be a main target for Gardner and he has been the best receiver by far for either team, catching over 70 balls for 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns and those are all team highs. The Buckeyes are already into the conference championship game, but for any shot at a BCS title game, the team needs to win over the Wolverines and they come in averaging over 50 points in the last four games and that might be too much for Brady Hoke's defense to handle.