Urban Meyer says the revenge factor for Ohio State against Michigan after last season’s Buckeyes loss is real

No. 2 Ohio State hosts arch-rival and third-ranked Michigan on Saturday in an unbeaten battle with implications for the Big Ten championship and college football playoffs. And former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer That revenge is a real factor for Ohio State, whose conference title hopes were dashed with a 42-27 loss in Ann Arbor last season. Meyer, who won a national championship from 2012 to 2018 while leading the Buckeyes, was 7-0 over Michigan during his tenure at Ohio State.

“Oh you’re damn right” Meyer said of Big Ten Network when asked if Ohio State wants revenge. “Is revenge a factor? Oh my god, revenge is a factor. And the fact that Ohio State took one on the chin last year — I’m not in that locker room, but I would imagine it’s rivalry once the Maryland game ends this week and there’s a revenge factor.”

After Ohio State’s 43-30 win over Maryland, Buckeye’s quarterback CJ Stroud told reporters he and his teammates had been looking forward to Saturday’s clash with Michigan since last year. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 yards and two touchdowns in last season’s loss to Michigan.

“I’m excited man” Stroud said to face Michigan. “We licked our wounds for 365 days. Heard all the laughs, heard everything everyone said. So I definitely think we’ve been preparing for that not only on the field but also in the weight room, we’re really excited.”

Stroud goes into the Michigan game with 2,991 passing yards and 35 touchdowns on four interceptions. Against Maryland, Stroud threw for 241 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State rushed for 401 yards and got a breakout performance from a true freshman running back Dallas Haydenwho rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson both retired due to injury.

Both Ohio State and Michigan have ongoing health questions about their running backs.

One day after suffering a Knee injury in Michigan’s 19-17 win over IllinoisWolverines running back Blake Corum downplayed his importance by saying he will “come back”. Corum’s comments, which offered no details about the injury or any indication of his availability for the Ohio State game, came Sunday while he was delivering turkeys for Thanksgiving in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Corum, Michigan’s biggest star on offense and a true Heisman Trophy contender, made a brief return to Saturday’s game but spent most of the second half on the touchline. He goes into the Ohio State Clash with 1,457 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 245 attempts.

“It is good. I am fine. I’ll be back.” Corum said via MLive.com.

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Kick-off for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.