After struggling with Al Borges in control of the offense, Michigan will surge under the direction of Doug Nussmeier in 2014. The Wolverines will come to Columbus with a 9-2 record and an outside shot of winning the East Division.
That shot will diminish quickly in Braxton Miller's final game at Ohio Stadium.
Much like the 2013 matchup, the Buckeyes will dominate the line of scrimmage offensively. That will pave the way for Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott, who will combine to rush for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
The work on the ground will be set up by an early play-action pass to Devin Smith. The Buckeyes' senior pass-catcher will blow by freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers for a 55-yard touchdown.
Peppers, though, will bounce back. Late in the second quarter, he'll give Michigan a glimpse of the future when he makes a dazzling interception to prevent a Buckeyes touchdown. Midway through the third quarter, he'll return an Ohio State punt 70 yards for a touchdown.
It just won't be enough. The Buckeyes offense will be too much for the Michigan defense, and Urban Meyer will register his third consecutive victory over the Wolverines. Ohio State will finish the regular season with an 11-1 record.
Later that afternoon, Penn State will upset Michigan State in Happy Valley, giving the Buckeyes the East Division title and a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin.
Ohio State 38, Michigan 27
All stats via NCAA.com. All scheduling info via Ohio State's official website.
David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report.
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