A Final Test Up North

On senior day in Ann Arbor, Ohio State will face the best defense it has seen all season in Michigan’s No. 3 ranked unit. The Wolverines are allowing only 261 yards per game, trailing only Alabama and Wisconsin as the best defenses in the country. They are the No. 1 team against the pass in the nation.

The defense is the spark plug for the Wolverines, whose offense has been out of sync all season. To beat Ohio State, you need to stretch OSU’s defense vertically — the Wolverines have shown no sign of being able to do that. With two quarterbacks banged up, the task of attacking OSU’s defense likely falls to third string quarterback John O’Korn, who has thrown one touchdown against five interceptions this season. If Michigan, ranked No. 111 in passing offense, can’t keep the Buckeye defense honest through the air — it may be a long game for Wolverine halfback Karan Higdon.

Expect turnovers. Expect this one to be close. And in the end, expect J.T. Barrett to do something no OSU quarterback has done before — go 4-0 against the Wolverines as a starter. Ohio State 27, Michigan 20.

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