Ohio State’s offense clicking as Peppers, Michigan arrive

Considering their game kicks at 3:30 p.m., Penn State players will likely know the stakes at kickoff as the Buckeyes and Wolverines play at noon.

“I guarantee we’ll beat Ohio State this Saturday and we’ll be in Pasadena on January 1st”, Harbaugh, then the senior quarterback at MI, said before the Wolverines’ game against the Buckeyes.

This year, there’s even more at stake when second-ranked Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) and No. 3 MI (10-1, 7-1) square off on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus (noon, ABC). So I just remember that.

“It’s pretty cool to see two guys from the same town make it to be captains on their teams – especially in a rivalry like this. But maybe it’s something we have to go through right now”. “I’m very proud of everyone on the team, the fans and staff for sticking with us and working through the tough times”.

“No matter what the record is, whenever we play, it’s going to be a battle”, linebacker Chris Worley said. “You can take the records and throw them out, you can take the seasons and throw them out, honestly”. At this time of the year, it’s all about beating That Team Up North. “J.T. Barrett is a little bit more in some cases like a tail back running the football, break tackles”. They don’t like us and we don’t like them. The last time Harbaugh was involved in a football game in Columbus, he was Michigan’s quarterback in 1986, delivering on a victory he guaranteed.

Before a possible conference title game, and a chance to perhaps reach the College Football Playoff, is the work of playing Michigan State, senior defensive end Evan Schwan said.

“In the ’70s, Bo, Woody”. What the hell we talking about?

“Weve got a lot of different things in our offense that allow us to utilize all three of those playmakers, and theres other guys, too, ” center Pat Elflein said.

This game is equally important for both coaches not just because of the rivalry, but because of the potential Playoff berth for the team that comes out on top. In the ’70s, the ten-year war. Underdogs and perennial losers can sometimes provide the best foe, so the antagonistic relationship between the two programs is more than understandable; it’s enjoyable. “It’s going to be a great challenge and I’m glad to be here and be a part of this with my teammates”.

Howard rushed for 105 yards, the first player to rush for 100 yards against Ohio State’s second-ranked defense all season. MI has the ability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and will have to bring their best effort yet into the showdown against their hated rivals.

While Michigan leads the all-time series, the Buckeyes have dominated the Wolverines since 2001, winning 13 of the 15 matchups.

“Just really thinking about the process of preparation this week”, he said.

“I earned the role of sixth man during (preseason) camp and during the season, so I knew they trusted me to some extent”.

“It’s great to be in the conversation”, Bell said. “Has the gap closed?” I don’t know if you’d call it a “rut” or “down”…

Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium will be a reunion with long-time friend and Pickerington North High School teammate Jake Butt, the tight end for MI. Nebraska, which plays at Wisconsin this weekend in his first reason test of the season, is unbeaten.

McCray is one of eight Wolverines from across the state line who figure to play a key role Saturday. Michigan’s cornerbacks love to press receivers and entangle them in barbed wire before a quarterback can get time or room to zing a pass. “You don’t want to be out there blubbering in front of 100,000 people in the stadium”. Howver, fellow running back Maurice Hall was the one to deliver the game-winning score on an option, which then-head coach Jim Tressel rarely dialed up that campaign.

“It’s officially rivalry week”, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer declared after last Saturday’s narrow escape at Michigan State with a 17-16 victory.

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