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The loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last season definitely left a sour taste in the mouths of Ohio State players and fans. This was the first loss to the Wolverines for every player on the roster after winning the previous seven matchups.
With the postseason ban assessed by the NCAA for the 2012 season, this game is Ohio State’s bowl game. Ohio State will have the home-field advantage this year and the fans will be ready.
The 2011 game saw the oft-anemic Ohio State offense put up 34 points against the Michigan defense that ranked sixth in the nation for points allowed per game. If OSU had this much success scoring points with the very conservative play calling seen last year, it is hard to imagine Meyer’s aggressive offense having trouble putting up points.
The defense will focus on keeping Denard Robinson in the pocket and make him win the game by throwing the ball. Unfortunately for Robinson, who led the Big Ten in interceptions last year, the talented Buckeye secondary will be waiting for him.
The game will be an offensive highlight reel but a late turnover forced by the secondary seals the deal for Ohio State and allows the partying to begin in Columbus.