The Teams: Nebraska (11-0) at Michigan
(7-4) The History: Michigan holds a 58-44-6 all-time record
in the series. Ohio State has won 10 of the last 12
meetings. The Depth Charts:Ohio
State and Michigan The Place: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor The Time: 12:00 p.m. EST The Line: Michigan +15 The Broadcast: ABC The Updates:Follow
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"I know they've probably given up 1,000 tackles for loss
-- Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier on the Michigan
offensive struggles. .
By the Numbers
TheWolverine.com Tailgate Show: Featuring the
staff and former players Phil Brabbs and Ron Simpkins. Watch
Staff Predictions: This is a rivalry game, so
who really knows how it will play out? How do we think
the game will go? Click
Burning Questions: Our very own Chris Balas
answers the biggest questions heading into The Game. Click
Matchups: TheWolverine.com takes a look at the
most important matchups on the field, the U-M offensive
line vs. the pass rush.
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Michigan's average yards per offensive snaps in the month of
November. On the season, Miami (Ohio) ranks last nationally,
averaging 3.7 yards per snap. 5-3-1: The combined record against
Ohio State in all Michigan coaches' third year on the job. 12.5: Career tackles for loss made by
junior defensive end Frank Clark in eight games in November.
He has 8.5 tackles for loss in the 16 games he has played
that did not take place in November. 23: Conesecutive games won by Urban Meyer
to begin his tenure in Columbus.
Players To Watch
1. Devin Gardner, redshirt
junior quarterback: This has not been the season
Gardner - or anyone, for that matter - though the
quarterback would have in 2013. After five impressive starts
at the end of the 2012 season and a quick start to 2013,
including an highlight win over Notre Dame, Gardner and the
offense have sputtered in the month of November. In four
games this month, the offense has been responsible for 42
total points. But nothing can change a season, or a legacy,
quite like a huge win over Ohio State - an undefeated Ohio
State, at that.
2. The Michigan Interior
Offensive Line: This is going to be a massive
challenge for a unit that has struggled to keep the pass
rush away from Gardner in recent weeks. In the last five
games, the Wolverines have surrendered 20 sacks and 47
tackles for loss (at least 10 in each game). In the last
four games, the Buckeyes have tallied 20 sacks (at least
four in each game). Michigan will have to keep Ohio State
away from Gardner and out of the backfield to have a chance
3. Ryan Shazier,
linebacker: Shazier has done a little of everything
for the Buckeyes this season. In 11 games, he has racked up
an incredible 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks,
two pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and four forced
fumbles. He seems pretty confident in Ohio State's chances
(see quote above), and he expects to have another big game
Saturday. Can the Wolverines slow him down, given their
recent offensive struggles?
4. Redshirt junior
outside linebacker Jake Ryan: Last week, Ryan looked
like his old dominant self for the first time all season,
possibly. He has worked himself back in the lineup since an
ACL injury in the spring, and against the Hawkeyes, he
really hit his groove. He didn't put up eye-popping stats,
but he smacked quarterback Jake Rudock, which caused a
pick-six, made some big plays in the flats and was a
disruptive force. Against the high-powered Ohio State
offense, he will need to have another big game.
5. Braxton Miller,
quarterback: Miller lost in his first appearance in
The Game, throwing a late-game interception that sealed
Michigan's 40-34 win in Ann Arbor in 2011, the Wolverines'
first win in the series since 2003. Last year, he was
bottled up for most of the afternoon but did enough to pull
out a 26-21 win. How will he play in this one, with a
second-straight undefeated regular season on the line?