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Rivalry Week Preview: Ohio State – Michigan

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#8 Ohio State vs. Michigan

Jim Tressel is looking to go 9-1 in his career against hated rivals Michigan, and it just so happens that he will get it done on Saturday. Ohio State is better at every position on the field, and this could turn into a laugher. If a team can control QB Denard Robinson’s ground game, they will control Michigan’s offense. Ohio State has the personnel to get that done and more. Sure, Robinson will make a few highlight-worthy plays, but he cannot beat an Ohio State team with his arm. He locks onto his receivers, who have shown shaky hands at times this year.  I don’t see how Michigan’s offensive line will be able to keep Ohio State out of the backfield which will make life difficult for the Wolverines.

Michigan’s defense is one of the worst in the country and they won’t have a lot of success in stopping a Buckeye offense that averages nearly 40 points per game. Pryor has had his issues at times, but has made strides as a decision maker. While he still forces the ball and struggles with accuracy at times, his mistakes are fewer and farther between. The Wolverine secondary is, in a word, terrible. They won’t be able to cover DeVier Posey, Dane Sanzenbacher, Corey Brown, or anyone Ohio State throws out there. If Ohio State wants to run the ball, they should be able to establish a running game at will. However, with such an easy opportunity to score through the air, they might not choose to.

This one should be over in a hurry, and could mean the end of the Rich-Rod era at Michigan

Ohio State 45 – Michigan 14

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