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Posted on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 : 3:16 p.m.

The mega guide to Week 12: Michigan at Ohio State

By Rich Rezler


Michigan will attempt to pull one of the biggest upsets in the storied history of The Game on Saturday, arguably the biggest since Garvie Craw (above) scored two touchdowns in a 24-12 Wolverines win in 1969. file photo

WHO: Michigan (7-4, 3-4) at No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1).

WHERE: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.

WHEN: Noon Saturday.

ODDS: Ohio State is favored by 16 1/2 points according to

SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 57-43-6.

LAST MEETING: Ohio State won, 21-10, on Nov. 21, 2009. ( coverage)

BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: ABC; Radio: Michigan Sports Network (local affiliates), Sirius Ch. 125, XM Ch. 102.

MICHIGAN: Team Stats | Team Rankings | Roster

OHIO STATE: Team Stats | Team Rankings | Roster

RUNDOWN: The Game has become The Streak.

Ohio State is looking for its seventh consecutive win in its rivalry with Michigan, something neither team has accomplished since the Wolverines rattled off nine straight wins from 1901 to 1909. The Buckeyes hadn't won more than four straight since its current streak started with a 37-21 win in 2004.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has made beating Michigan his primary focus since he was hired, and he's lost only one of nine matchups — in 2003 against former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

The stakes are not as high for Michigan as they are for the Buckeyes, who are in a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Michigan State and Wisconsin.

The Wolverines are relegated to playing the role of spoiler against the Buckeyes. Again.

Unlike the first two years under Rich Rodriguez, though, Michigan is bowl-eligible and has a chance to improve its postseason positioning if it can pull off one of the bigger upsets of the storied series. has been previewing the game all week. Here's a look back at everything Michigan vs. Ohio State-related that can be found on our site:

FRIDAY • A rivalry within the rivalry: Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor vs. Michigan's Denard Robinson.

• Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer previews the game in our Beat Writer Breakdown.

• Michigan and Ohio State both embrace Brock Mealer.

THURSDAY • Pete Bigelow reports from Deerfield Beach, a Forida town that finds reason to believe while watching its hometown hero, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

• Bigelow and Michael Rothstein preview the game in this video report.

WEDNESDAY • The top 5 things learned during Rich Rodriguez's final press briefing before the Michigan-Ohio State game.

• A flawless Denard Robinson is Michigan's best chance against the Buckeyes.

• Wolverines tear up Brutus ... at the Detroit Zoo.

TUESDAY • Michigan's seniors don't want 'winless against Ohio State' to be part of their legacy.

• The Michigan defense has to be "better than OK" and more in our Big Ten notebook.

• Chris Spielman talks about Michigan's recent struggles in the series.

• What's new at Ohio State? Special uniforms, a quiet Terrelle Pryor and discarded blue clothes.

MONDAY • Rich Rodriguez is more confident than ever that Michigan football is on the right track.

• In our notebook: Rodriguez defends program, injuries mount and more.

• Michigan unveiled a secret weapon against Wisconsin - a stuffed animal.

• Rodriguez and a number of players talk about the upcoming Ohio State game in this video report.

• In his week in Ann Arbor history column, James Dickson looks at the "The Game" that wasn't back in 1942.

• Ohio State players fired up to face Michigan, chase Big Ten title.

• Live updates from Michigan's Monday press conference.

TAKE OUR POLLS We've been asking the following questions this week. Weigh-in with your votes:

AP PREVIEW Here is the Associated Press' preview capsule for the game:

WHAT'S AT STAKE Michigan will try to dodge the ignominy of a record seven-game losing skid to its rival. For the Buckeyes, a win brings a share of a record-tying sixth consecutive Big Ten title and a likely invitation to a BCS bowl.

KEY MATCHUP Wolverines QB Denard Robinson against Ohio State's defense. The Buckeyes rank third in the nation in both total and rushing defense. Robinson, despite some nagging injuries and some notable drops by his receivers, is second nationally in total offense (342.5 ypg) and third in rushing (139.8 ypg). Too bad he doesn't play defense, too.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Michigan: LB Jonas Mouton is one of the few non-matadors on a defense that has given up fewer than 34 points only once since September. The only way the Wolverines have a chance is if Robinson goes off, the defense suddenly starts making stops and the special-teams play tilts toward Michigan.

Ohio State: QB Terrelle Pryor's numbers are pedestrian, but when the Buckeyes need a big play he always seems to be making it. In a fourth-quarter comeback for a 20-17 win at Iowa last week, he ran for 14 yards and a first down on fourth and 10 on the pivotal drive. Against Michigan's porous defense, TB Dan "Boom" Herron might do a Tim Biakabutuka (313 yards for Michigan against Ohio State in the 1995 game).

FACTS & FIGURES Many of the younger Wolverines were in middle school the last time Michigan beat the Buckeyes, back in 2003. ... Michigan appears headed to the Insight Bowl if it loses, but could get into a better bowl should it pull the stunner. ... Jim Tressel is master of his domain since coming to Columbus, beating the Wolverines in eight of nine meetings. ... Michigan's Rich Rodriguez is 0-2 in "The Game." ... The Buckeyes will wear special uniforms — a marketing ploy by Nike — which honor the 1942 national champion Buckeyes. ... This is the 17th time that the rivalry game has been played after Thanksgiving. Michigan has won four of the last five such meetings.


• Preview: Michigan State (10-1, 6-1) at Penn State (7-4, 4-3), noon. • Preview: Indiana (4-7, 0-7) at Purdue (4-7, 2-5), noon. • Preview: Iowa (7-4, 4-3) at Minnesota (2-9, 1-6), 3:30 p.m. • Preview: Northwestern (7-4, 3-4) at Wisconsin (10-1, 6-1), 3:30 p.m.

Plus, check out plenty more about Michigan State's quest for a share of the Big Ten title from our friends at

AROUND THE COUNTRY • Check out previews of all games involving top 25 teams.

The Associated Press contributed to introduction of this article.



Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 11:41 a.m.

GO BLUE! we have no other option than to cheer for our team! no matter who the coach is.


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 11:19 a.m.

bobr, how sad to think it was only 4 years ago that MI and OSU were #1 and 2 in the nation and both undefeated for their last game of the season. How far MI has fallen. It's awful, and the sooner that RR is out of A2 for good, the better.

Jonny Spirit

Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 11:11 a.m.

Hey Edward R Murrow's Ghost, yes I know if Michigan beats OSU and MSU wins we will go to the Rose Bowl, but I still hope OSU crushes Michigan. Just love to watch OSU smash MI. Go Green!


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 11:06 a.m.

"one of the biggest upsets in the storied history" - Incomming, I've ordered it and am all in on this one. Just you watch. GO BLUE!


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 10:37 a.m.

Tressel has outsmarted Michigan, that's right, outsmarted Michigan, for the last 6 years and will make it 7 in a row. After today, it will be 9 wins out of the last 10 straight. These are Fielding Yost type numbers. There is no contest anymore. This is all about total domination. The streak continues without any hope of turning it around.


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 9 a.m.

OSU 49 MI 17 Good Day No Luck Needed--Go Green Go White


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 7:52 a.m.

Four years ago I was coming out of my skin for this game. Now, as a big blue fan, I want to hide. Thanks RichRod. You've turned this into Alabama-Vanderbilt.

Jonny Spirit

Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 7:04 a.m.

This will be a GREAT game to watch. Michigan always plays better when they face OSU. This will be close, but OSU pulls it out. I just hope MSU will be able to win in Happy Valley. Go Green!


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 6:58 a.m.

It was only 4 years ago, the day after Bo died, when Michigan and Ohio State, both undefeated and ranked # 1 and #2 in the nation met for an epic game.


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 6:41 a.m.

"The Game"? How delusional. Seriously, does anyone outside of Michigan and Ohio State fans even watch this thing anymore?


Sat, Nov 27, 2010 : 3 a.m.

16 1/2 $$$$ in hand.