Ohio State Game Preview

Michigan vs. Ohio State (2010) Football Game Preview


After being ran over by Wisconsin last week, the Michigan Wolverines now have their biggest game of the season this week against long time rival, the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes have one of the top offenses in all of college football. Led by one of the nations top quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeyes offense averages 446.2 yards of offense per game (18th in the nation). Pryor this season has thrown for 23 touchdowns and 2,331 yards, while rushing for 590 yards and four touchdowns. His top two receiving targets are Dane Sanzenbacher (818 yards, 9 TDs) and Dever Posey (695 yards, 5 TDs). The Wolverines defense also needs to watch out for running Dan Herron, who has ran for 893 yards and 14 touchdowns. After the Wolverines terrible defensive performance last week against Wisconsin, in which they allowed 357 yards of rushing, I expect that the Buckeyes are going to be calling Herron’s number a ton. The Buckeyes are averaging close to 40 points of game on offense, while the Wolverines defense is one of the worst, allowing close to 34 points per game. It looks like things are not going to be too pretty this week for the Wolverines defense, as they have shown they are one of the worst defenses in the nation.

The Wolverines offense faces a tough Buckeyes defense, which is one of the top defensive units in the nation. The Buckeyes are only allowing 13.9 points per game (5th in the nation), while also only surrendering a measly 241.5 yards per game (3rd in the nation). The defense is led by one of the nation’s top defensive lineman, Cameron Heyward, who has recorded 9.5 tackles for loss this season, and linebacker Brian Rolle, who leads the team in tackles with 62. Denard Robinson, who became the first player in NCAA history to run for 1,500 yards and throw for 1,500 yards, leads this Wolverines offense against the Buckeyes defense. It’s no different than any other week. If the Wolverines are going to find any success moving the ball against this stout Buckeyes defense, Robinson is going to have to carry the team on his back.

Bottom Line

Playing on the road in Columbus against a Buckeyes team that is still fighting to win the Big Ten Championship and a BCS berth, things don’t look to good for the Wolverines. The Buckeyes offense is going tear apart the Wolverines defense because they have no one to stop Pryor and Herron. Denard may be able to move the ball some this game, but the Buckeyes defense is simply too strong to let one player beat them. I expect this one to be a blowout in a longtime rivalry matchup that has been one sided in recent years. If the Wolverines get absolutely embarrassed this week, don’t be surprised if we continue to hear speculation about Rich Rodriguez’s job security.

Ohio State 45 Michigan 14