Game 12 Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Michigan Game 12 Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are coming into The Game off a win over the Maryland Terrapins, in which they struggled in the second half. The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming in off a blowout win over Minnesota, winning 37-3.

Michigan Wolverines 11-0 (8-0 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes 11-0 (8-0 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, November 25
  12:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Line: Wolverines -4.0 / O/U: 47.5

2023 Team Stats


2023 Record — 11-0 (8-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 399.6 (2)
Passing Yards: 228.6 (4)
Rushing Yards: 171.0 (3)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 234.8 (1)
Passing Yards Allowed: 144.8 (2)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 90.0 (3)
2023 Points Scored: 38.3 (1)
2023 Points Allowed: 9.0 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 3

Ohio State:

2023 Record — 11-0 (8-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 429.3 (1)
Passing Yards: 283.7 (1)
Rushing Yards: 145.5 (8)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 252.9 (3)
Passing Yards Allowed: 144.4 (1)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 108.5 (5)
2023 Points Scored: 33.6 (3)
2023 Points Allowed: 9.3 (2)
2023 CFP Ranking: 2

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Michigan 60-51-6
Current streak: Michigan has won two straight
Last Michigan win: 2022 (45-23)
Last Ohio State win: 2019 (56-27)

2023 Player Stats

Michigan Wolverines

Passing: J.J. McCarthy- 175-237, 2335 yards, 18-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Blake Corum – 180 ATT, 888 YDS, 20 TD
Receiving: Roman Wilson – 37 REC, 612 YDS, 10 TD
Tackles: Junior Colson – 60 (24-36)
Sacks: Jaylen Harrell – 5.5
Interceptions: Mike Sainristil – 5

Ohio State

Passing: Kyle McCord – 211-318, 2899 YDS, 22-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: TreVeyon Henderson – 118 ATT, 794 YDS, 10 TD
Receiving: Marvin Harrison Jr. – 62 REC, 1093 YDS, 13 TD
Tackles: Tommy Eichenberg – 73 (37-36)
Sacks: JT Tuimoloau – 4
Interceptions: Jordan Hancock – 2

Michigan Players To Watch:

Offense: Quarterback – JJ McCarthy – Junior

The Wolverines will need JJ McCarthy to show up for this game as he has struggled the last few weeks, averaging 100.5 yards a game over those previous two. He barely threw against Penn State, only attempting eight passes; Michigan will need more than that to beat this talented Ohio State team.

Defense: Defensive Back – Mike Sainristil – Graduate Student

Sainristil has the tough task of covering the best receiver in the country, Marvin Harrison Jr, who averages 99.36 yards a game on 5.6 catches. Sainristil is tied for second in the country in interceptions; with the targets to Harrison, he will need to force a turnover and get the ball back to Michigan in what is expected to be a close game.

Bottom Line: The Season Comes Down to This

The Game has arrived, and Michigan and Ohio State are both undefeated, and there’s a berth in the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff on the line. A loss could eliminate one of the teams from a playoff, with all teams in contention for one of the four spots. Michigan will have to win this game with a different game plan than they have had the last two weeks, with Jim Harbaugh missing it.


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