Your mega guide to the Michigan vs. Ohio State football game
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
WHO: Ohio State (6-5, 3-4) at No. 17 Michigan (9-2, 5-2)
WHERE: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
ODDS: Michigan is favored by 7 1/2 points according to sportsbook.com.
SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 57-44-6.
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in low- to mid-50s during game. Rain possible later in the day. Latest forecast.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: ABC; Radio: Michigan Sports Network (local affiliates).
Everything around The Game seems a little flipped around this year, doesn't it? The team that has dominated this series is reeling. The team that has struggled is looking for its 10th win.
Scandal forced coach Jim Tressel to resign, chased quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the NFL and led to other suspensions and more losses than Ohio State is used to.
Meanwhile, Michigan -- which has lost seven straight games against the Buckeyes -- is having a revival under first-year coach Brady Hoke and looking for its first BCS bowl game since 2006.
The story lines run deep and AnnArbor.com has been covering them all week. Here is a compilation of what you can find on our site:
• Five years later: A look back at the 2006 Michigan-Ohio State football game
Jeff Sainlar | AnnArbor.com
• After gobbling up two running QBs, Michigan defense is ready for another in Ohio State's Braxton Miller
• Beat Writer Breakdown: Ohio State feeling 'drained' heading into Michigan game, Buckeyes reporter says
• Our weekly poll: Las Vegas oddsmakers say Michigan is favored by 7 1/2 points. What do you think?
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
• Thanksgiving Day poll: Whose absence from Michigan Stadium on Saturday are you most thankful for?
• Oddsmaker: Michigan 'a significant favorite' against Ohio State
• Is he or isn't he? Urban Meyer still denying reports that he's Ohio State-bound
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
• Brady Hoke wants 2nd BCS bid for Big Ten; will it go to Michigan?
• 'Beat Ohio' Brady Hoke sticks with pet name for Buckeyes
• The Associated Press: Ohio State wants to play in a bowl game as long as the NCAA approves
• Urban Meyer will not broadcast Michigan-Ohio State game amid job rumors
Associated Press capsule
WHAT'S AT STAKE: Michigan desperately needs to snap an unprecedented seven-game losing skid in The Game. If the Wolverines win, they might get the bonus of playing in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2006 season. The Buckeyes' seniors don't want to be the ones who finally lost to Michigan and the first team to finish the regular season 6-6 with five Big Ten losses since 1999.
KEY MATCHUP: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller vs. Michigan defense. The freshman has failed to connect on half of his passes in three straight games and is connecting on 48.6 percent overall this season, getting pushed into a starting role to replace the departed Terrelle Pryor. If the Buckeyes are going to pull off an upset, Miller will likely have to be accurate on his throws and surpass his career high of 132 yards passing. Michigan, of course, will want to rattle Miller with pressure from its front seven and make plays in the secondary.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ohio State: RB Dan Herron. The senior running back, who has played just five games because he was suspended for accepting improper benefits from a tattoo-parlor owner, has run for 556 yards and two TDs this year. Last season, he had 1,155 yards rushing and 16 scores, including a 175-yard, one-TD game in the 37-7 win over Michigan. Michigan: QB Denard Robinson. He is coming off perhaps his best game of the season, a four-TD performance in a 45-17 win against Nebraska, but he'll have to make plays through the air with higher stakes against a team that will set up its entire defense to stop him from running all over the field.
FACTS & FIGURES: Michigan has a chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2006, when it won 11 games before losing to Ohio State in the season finale and then falling to USC in the Rose Bowl. ... The Buckeyes have lost their Big Ten games by an average of 4.7 points. ... The Wolverines have given up 15.6 points a game, ranking among the nation's best, after allowing 35.2 on average last season to rank among the worst defenses in college football. ... Ohio State C Mike Brewster has started 47 straight games.
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