Ohio State Expert Soccer Predictions for Michigan Game

The game is a really big game this year as No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan go head-to-head with a lot at stake.

The winner advances to the Big Ten championship game and is one win away from a college football playoff bid. The loser needs help to get into the playoffs.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) throws the ball against the Michigan Wolverines defense in the first quarter of their NCAA college football at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mi on November 27, 2021.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) throws the ball against the Michigan Wolverines defense in the first quarter of their NCAA college football at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mi on November 27, 2021.

Ohio State is a 7½ point favorite.

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So the smart folks in Vegas have their choices, but what about the pundits at The Columbus Dispatch and Detroit News? How to watch the game:

Bill Rabinowitz

Columbus Dispatch Ohio State Football Beat reporter Bill Rabinowitz photographed in the Columbus Dispatch newsroom on April 29, 2021.

Columbus Dispatch Ohio State Football Beat reporter Bill Rabinowitz photographed in the Columbus Dispatch newsroom on April 29, 2021.

Ohio State Beat Author

The Columbus Broadcast

Wouldn’t this score be funny? So much depends on running back Blake Corum (and Donovan Edwards) being healthy. If so, this is more of a 50-50 game. But I suspect Corum won’t be at full strength when he plays, and quarterback JJ McCarthy hasn’t been consistent enough as a passer. CJ Stroud should be able to take advantage of Michigan’s secondary as long as his protection lasts. The Buckeyes are at home, highly motivated and more talented across the board. This isn’t a sure thing, but I suspect OSU will be stepping up for now.

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Joey Kaufman

Columbus Dispatch football beat reporter Joey Kaufman photographed in the Columbus Dispatch newsroom on April 29, 2021.

Columbus Dispatch football beat reporter Joey Kaufman photographed in the Columbus Dispatch newsroom on April 29, 2021.

Ohio State Beat Author

The Columbus Broadcast

The Buckeyes are not lacking in motivation as they try to avenge a particularly crushing loss in last season’s rivalry, a sore loss that kept them from making the college football playoffs for the first time in Ryan Day’s tenure . Make sure they come out laser focused on Saturday. But emotion is just one reason Ohio State is getting back on its feet this November. His run defense, which was leaky in the previous matchup with Michigan, has been greatly improved under Jim Knowles and fills the backs enough to make the Wolverines blow up too much than they like.

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Rob Oller

Columbus Dispatch sports columnist Rob Oller photographed on Thursday February 11, 2021.

Columbus Dispatch sports columnist Rob Oller photographed on Thursday February 11, 2021.

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The Columbus Broadcast

If the shoe fits … . Ohio State hasn’t lost at home to Michigan since 2000, so I’m giving the Buckeyes the edge in a showdown that will linger into the closing minutes of the fourth quarter; unless Michigan Stau Blake Corum is less than 95% healthy, in which case OSU wins by at least two touchdowns. A lot depends on the outcome: CJ Stroud’s Heisman Trophy hopes, Ryan Day’s big game reputation and a trip to the Big Ten championship game. Fasten the chin strap. The game could be a game for eternity.

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Real Time Reporter

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This matchup against undefeated rivals lives up to its claim. While Michigan brings in one of the best running games in the country, Ohio State has a track record of stopping the run when it counts, facilitating seven rushing touchdowns all season with opponents averaging 3.1 yards per carry. And despite having one of the best defenses in the country, Michigan has yet to experience an offense like Ohio State’s this year. Expect the latest installment of “The Game” to feel tight throughout, but ends in the end with the Buckeyes returning to the winning column and heading to the Big Ten championship game.

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Angelique S Chengelis

Angelique S Chengelis

Angelique S Chengelis

Beat writer from Michigan

Detroit News

State of Ohio 31, Michigan 20

The first of many storylines is the status of Blake Corum, who has carried the Michigan offense this season. QB JJ McCarthy is steadfast, but he and his receivers need to have a big game against an Ohio State defense determined to stop Michigan’s running game. Both UM’s offensive line and OSU’s defense under Jim Knowles are better than last year. Michigan needs to be able to pressure CJ Stroud. UM’s secondary gave up big plays, but their defense was usually able to stop opponents when it counted, especially in fourth.

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