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Ohio State vs. Michigan: Will 2022 edition of The Game mark a changing of the guard in Big Ten East?

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No. 3 Michigan will take on No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in one of the most intense annual competitions in all of college football, The Game. When the Wolverines and Stags take to the field, bragging rights, a Big Ten Eastern championship, and a potential college football playoff berth will be at stake.

This weekend in Columbus, Ohio, there will be something else very important to play. A second consecutive victory for the Wolverines and head coach Jim Harbaugh will signal a sea change in the division. Ohio will no longer be considered an Eastern Big Ten class. Then this nickname will belong to corn and the color blue.

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This marks the first time since 2006 that both teams in this historic 11-0 rivalry will go to The Game, and the showdown comes a year after Michigan snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Buckeyes en route to their first playoff. student football. appearance. This is the second year in a row that the winner will be within 60 minutes of a Big Ten championship game from being in a four-team field. This is important, especially for a team like Michigan, which has been “hunted” for so long.

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The Wolverines were 6.5 point underdogsaccording to Caesars Sportsbook, ahead of last year’s game in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and 7.5 point dogs before their trip to hostile territory this weekend in Horseshoe. A win would not only mean that Michigan owns Ohio, but it did so with very little credibility from the Las Vegas bookies.

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Harbaugh was asked this week what that monumental win last season ultimately meant for the program.

“This is where we are now” Harbaugh said during his press conference. “And as I just said, these are my thoughts on the matter. It’s just a real honor. It’s a real honor to be in this position, to be able to test myself physically, mentally, emotionally. We know that this is the most difficult test for us. year. And I think we’ll find that we’re made from the right stuff.”

It sounds terrible, like he realizes he drew even with Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, despite the fact that this 2022 Michigan isn’t as talented as its rival on paper as it was last year.

Bucks are in third place in the ranking 247Sports Team Talent Ranking behind Alabama and Georgia, with Michigan in 14th place. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud is second in the Big Ten with 271.9 yards per game, while Michigan’s JJ McCarthy is 10th with 177.5 YPG. Ohio State’s defense is third in the conference in third-place opposition conversion rate (30.41%), while Michigan is fourth (30.41%). Ohio State is the top Big Ten team in carry yards despite serious injury problems all year long (5.53) and Michigan is second (5.51) despite having a superstar. Heisman-hopeful running back Blake Corum.

Catch my drift?

If Michigan can win the biggest game in series history since 2006 and earn another Big Ten East championship, it will be considered an East class. This would show that, while considered by many to be a smaller team, they have what it takes to overcome these shortcomings and achieve ultimate success not only in the Game, but throughout the season with a goal on their back.

Simply put, Michigan will prove to be a better and more stable program on the rise, while Ohio State is stuck in a neutral position at best.

It’s pretty remarkable considering that this Wolverine program has been running since before last year’s great college football playoffs.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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