On Saturday, Michigan and Ohio State will renew one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. Kick off is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised on ABC. The Wolverines limp into what is simply known as, The Game, with a 7-4 record and they are just 3-4 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is flying high at 11-0, 7-0 and has yet to lose a game in the Urban Meyer era. Here are your news, notes and information, or what I like to call, the extra points, from a Michigan perspective for the game.
This will be the 110th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State.
Michigan leads the all-time series with a 58-45-6 record. However, the Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 12 games in the rivalry.
Teamrankings.com projects Ohio State to win by a final score of 34-20. numberFire has the Buckeyes winning 32-20.
Michigan’s Athletic Director, David Brandon, put to rest any speculation regarding Brady Hoke’s job security.
How Brandon’s emphatic endorsement effects the status of super-recruit, Jabrill Peppers, remains to be seen.
If Jeremy Gallon catches a pass against Ohio State, he will tie the school record for consecutive games with a reception (38, Braylon Edwards).
Heading into the Ohio State game, Gallon has 1,109 receiving yards this season. That is the 6th best single season total in school history.
Devin Funchess has 686 receiving yards this season. That is a new single season school record for a tight end.
Funchess ranks 8th among Michigan tight ends with 920 career receiving yards.
Gallon and Funchess have combined for 1,795 receiving yards this season. That is the 5th best single season total by any combination of receivers in Michigan’s long history.
Blake Countess leads the Big Ten with five interceptions.
Michigan has rushed for 178 yards in their last 4 games combined.
Michigan ranks 100th nationally in rushing offense, 95th in total offense and 83rd in 3rd down conversion percentage (37.8%).
According to the depth chart, Michigan’s starting offensive line this week will be; LT: Taylor Lewan, LG: Erik Magnuson, C: Graham Glasgow, RG: Kyle Kalis, RT: Michael Schofield.
James Ross III leads Michigan with 81 tackles.
Frank Clark leads the Wolverines with 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Michigan ranks 14th nationally in rushing defense and 26th in total defense.
Michigan ranks 9th nationally in fewest penalties per game (4).
Junior defensive end Brennen Beyer is quietly having a solid season with 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.
Michigan and Ohio State have played every year since 1918, the 10th longest streak in FBS. The first game between the two schools was in 1897.
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