Michigan/Ohio State – “The Game” Preview

It’s the greatest rivalry in college football. Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes will collide in a highly anticipated matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are 11-0 heading into “The Game” for the second time in series history. It’s the number two scoring offense (Ohio State) against the number two scoring defense (Michigan). We can’t wait for both teams to get it on. This rivalry is everything. However, there is one question that we all wonder: Will Blake Corum be efficient for Michigan tomorrow afternoon?

Ohio State is walking into this game more confidently than Michigan because Blake Corum is not 100%. Corum is a big part of Michigan’s offense and success. Without Corum’s production, Woveniers have little chance against the Buckeyes. I don’t think Corum will be at full strength against the Buckeyes. I hope he will, but I doubt it. I like seeing teams go up against each other at full power. Corum only had one carry in the second half last week after injuring his knee against Illinois.

Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy threw a season-high 15 passes in the 4th quarter of a comeback win against Illinois last week. McCarthy will need that same magic for Michigan. He can be a little streaky after seeing his performance in the previous few games. Therefore, you don’t know what you’ll get from him. You don’t know what you’ll get from the running back position. So Michigan’s back is up against the walk in this game.

As for Ohio State, they have some durability issues as well. The tandem of Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson should be ready to go for Saturday, but we’re hoping they can be an asset more than a liability on Saturday. Henderson has missed three games due to injury and was hurt in the first half against Maryland last Saturday. Williams did not play versus the Terrapins, has sat out two other games and left another early.

CJ Stroud has been lights out for Ohio State. Stroud has 35 touchdown passes this season. Marvin Harrison Jr has 105 receiving yards/per game and five touchdowns over the last six games. Ohio State’s running game will be a critical factor in their offense against Michigan.

Ohio State needs revenge for losing last year to Michigan, 42-27. This is their moment. Ohio State will need to be aggressive all game long against Michigan. The run game and defense will be vital for them to come out victorious.

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