Who: No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) at No. 10 Michigan (8-2, 6-2)
When: 12 p.m., Saturday
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Series history: Michigan leads 58-51-6, including an Ohio State win in 2010 that was vacated via NCAA sanctions. The Wolverines won 13 of the first 15 with two ties, but the Buckeyes are 51-45-4 since 1919, including wins in 16 of the last 18. Michigan leads 31-23-4 when The Game is played in Michigan. Ohio State has won seven in a row.
Last game: Dwayne Haskins completed 20 of 31 passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns against a Michigan defense that entered the game leading the nation with an average of 123.2 yards passing allowed per game, and Ohio State won 62-39. Parris Campbell had six catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Ryan Day is 14-0, including a 3-0 mark last season as interim coach of the Buckeyes. He is 9-0 in Big Ten games. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is 47-16 in five seasons at Michigan and 105-43 overall as a college head coach.
Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring (49.4 points per game) and scoring defense (10.5)… J.K. Dobbins is fourth in the NCAA with 1,446 yards rushing… Chase Young leads the nation with 1.83 sacks per game… Ohio State has two players from Michigan: offensive lineman Josh Alabi (Detroit Cass Tech) and long snapper Bradley Robinson (Troy Athens)… Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington both coached at Michigan last season… Special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes was a defensive analyst at Michigan in 2015.
Michigan notes: The Wolverine defense is 13th in the country against the run (105.9 ypg.), fourth against the pass (161.1 ypg.) and fourth overall (267.0 ypg.)…Tight end Erick All (Fairfield), long snapper Trey Harper (Chaminade Julienne) and defensive end Gabe Newburg (Northmont) are among 16 Wolverines who list Ohio hometowns. The others are fullback Matt Brown (Solon), offensive lineman Zach Carpenter (Cincinnati Moeller), running back Jordan Castleberry (Lakewood St. Edward), long snapper Camaron Cheeseman (Gahanna Lincoln), punter Will Hart (Hunting Valley University School), offensive lineman Joel Honigford (Sugarcreek Garaway), defensive back Caden Kolesar (St. Edward), receiver Jake McCurry (Solon), punter Brad Robbins (Westerville South), offensive lineman Greg Robinson (Hudson), offensive lineman Nolan Rumler (Akron Hoban), linebacker Adam Shibley (Cleveland St. Ignatius) and linebacker Joey Velazquez (Columbus DeSales)… Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner previously had the same job at Ohio State.
Quotable: Harbaugh on the rivalry: “I’m very aware of the rivalry having played in it, having coached in it. I grew up here, and my dad was a coach. I likened the Michigan State game to a state championship. This is even bigger. This is two states’ championship, Michigan and Ohio. We’re excited about it. … We’re excited for the challenge. My feelings? I’m excited for the game. Excited, up for it, and ready for the challenge.”
Next game: The Buckeyes will play Minnesota or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis next Saturday night. Michigan is awaiting its bowl assignment.
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan 24
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