Ohio State No. 2 meets Michigan No. 3 on Saturday in a battle of undefeated foes and the Buckeyes’ former coach Urban Meyer believes his former team has revenge on their minds. Last season, the Wolverines used a 28-point second half to defeat Ohio State 42-27 and advance to the Big Ten Championship Game and eventually the College Football Playoffs. Meyer scored a perfect 7-0 while coaching against the Wolverines as Ohio State’s head coach.
“Oh you’re damn right” Meyer told Gerry DiNardo about the Big Ten Network when asked if Ohio State was seeking 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 after the Maryland game is over it’s Rivalry Week and there’s a revenge factor.”
After the win over Maryland, Ohio State star quarterback CJ Stroud suggested the Buckeyes had been looking forward to Saturday’s meeting since losing to the Wolverines in 2021. In last season’s fight, Stroud went 34 of 49 for 394 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m excited man” Stroud said he faced Michigan via Bucknuts247 on Youtube. “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 has thrown for 2,991 passing yards and 35 touchdowns with four interceptions. He goes into the fight with Michigan fresh from a trip against Maryland, where he threw for 241 yards and one touchdown. Ohio State totaled 401 yards and saw an outstanding performance from a true freshman running back Dallas Haydenrushing for 146 yards and three touchdowns, with Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson both dropped out due to injury.
A disabled running back room is a theme both Ohio State and Michigan share en route to the regular-season finals.
One day after suffering a Knee injury in Michigan’s 19-17 win over IllinoisWolverines running back Blake Corum Downplayed the significance of the injury ahead of this week’s season finale at arch-rival and second-placed Ohio State 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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Kickoff for Saturday’s clash between No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0 in Big Ten) and No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.