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Michigan tail back Fitz Touissant hopes to have a huge game vs. Ohio State
Time: 12:00 PM ET Coverage: ABC Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
This is the greatest rivalry in not just college football, but in all of sports. When you look at Michigan versus Ohio State, you disregard all the circumstances involving both schools, including records, stats, etc.
Michigan looks to end their seven-year skid against their hated rivals, in a year which Brady Hoke has put a Michigan program back on its feet. Hoke and his staff, particularly coordinators Al Borges and Greg Mattison, have done a tremendous job in re-tooling this team to put it in positions to win games. Mattison especially has done a remarkable job in turning one of the nation's worst defenses last year into a defense only yielding 15.6 points per game this season (sixth in the nation).
Ohio State has had a year to forget, as they sit at 6-5. After the memorabilia scandal, and the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel and the departure of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, this Buckeye squad hasn't known what has hit them this season.
True freshman quarterback Braxton Miller has came in and shown some flashes of scrambling ability, but his passing needs a lot of work. It is hard to believe that the Buckeyes rank 118th in the nation in passing offense, only averaging 114 passing yards a game.
Ohio State has no chance for a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Michigan cannot win the Legends division, already clinched by Michigan State last week, but they are hoping for a BCS at-large bid with a victory over Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are a turmoil-filled team who is reeling badly, and Michigan has a lot of anger and frustration to let out against their hated rival. This one could get ugly, and I think it will.
Prediction: Michigan 35, Ohio State 14