This Week  |  Last Week  |  Worldwide  |  Blogs  |  History  |  Directions  |  Buy Gear  |  Links  |  Contact Us 


Welcome from The Staff

Steve, Craig, Tim, and Steve B welcome you to The Wolverine Den! For a preview of the next game, see below. For a look back (and to see the incriminating pictures), choose a game on the Last Week menu. If you plan on attending a tailgate at The Den for the first time, see the blog menu for Den Law and the house rules to many of the usual tailgate "activities". Click on Buy Gear for TWD shirt! See you on Saturday.

Click here to see Craig's Pre-Season Report.


This Week at The Wolverine Den

Game Weather

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ohio State at Michigan

Michigan Stadium

November 25, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. ET

The greatest rivalry in sports resumes on Saturday as Michigan and Ohio State meet for the 114th time. Great rivalries are created when the teams are evenly matched over time and the games decide championships. Since the start of the “Bo” era at Michigan in 1969, the two teams have played 48 times, with Michigan winning 21, Ohio State winning 25 and two games that ended in a tie. In those 48 games, the Big Ten Championship was on the line in 37 of those games. The teams have traded dominance in the recent past. OSU has won 14 of the last 16 games while Michigan won 11 of the previous 15 games (with one tie). This is indeed the greatest rivalry.

This year’s version of “The Game” is lacking some of the luster of previous games. Michigan is 8-3 and out of the Big Ten race. Ohio St is 9-2 and have already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship game next week. But the game still has great meaning and intensity. For the Maize and Blue, beating your rival is a requirement to have a successful season. Michigan has struggled in recent years against Ohio St and would like nothing more than to start a winning streak. The Buckeyes still have delusions that they can make the College Football Playoffs. With victories over Michigan and Wisconsin, it’s possible (but not likely) that the Scarlet and Gray make the playoffs.

Pre-game Menu

Chili
Cornbread

Post-game Menu

Burgers
Brats

Ohio State lives and dies on QB JT Barrett. Now in his senior year, Barrett holds 32 Ohio St records and has a 35-6 record as the starting QB. But Barrett has struggled throwing the ball against Michigan. In three previous starts against Michigan, Barrett has averaged a paltry 137 yards passing with only 2 TDs and one interception. He has been effective running the ball and it will take a great effort for the Michigan defense to keep Barrett contained. True Freshman running back JK Dobbins is already over 1000 yards this year while Michigan-native, Mike Weber combines to form a strong backfield tandem. Receivers KJ Hill and Parris Campbell are both burners.

The Wolverine Den Trivia

Which Michigan player has the most career rushing yards against Ohio State?

On defense, Ohio State allowed 31 points to Oklahoma, 38 points to Penn State and 55 points to Iowa. Still, OSU is 8th in the nation in total defense. Nick Bosa is the top defensive lineman while Tyquan Lewis is the best linebacker. The secondary is young but talented. Kicker Sean Nuernberger was the starter for the Buckeyes in 2014 and has returned as the kicker for his senior season. He has made 13 or 15 field goals but only with a long of 38 yards.

For Michigan to win, we will need the defense to play its best game of the year. Ohio St averages 546 yards per game – most in the Big Ten. They have committed 15 turnovers and are worst in the Big Ten in penalties. They can beat themselves. The game really comes down to whether the Michigan offense can score enough points to keep our defense in the game. Ohio State is not a ball possession team (they are 10th in the Big Ten is time of possession) so it shouldn’t be a matter of the defense getting tired. It’s just a matter of whether the Wolverines are able to capitalize on every scoring opportunity while controlling the ball. It’s hard to say at this point in the week who will start at QB for Michigan. While that has a significant impact, the team is capable of performing no matter who is under center.

Michigan leads the all-time series 58-49-6.

The Wolverines are a 12 point underdog.


Tim's Prediction

27-21

Craig's Prediction

23-21

Steve B's Prediction

17-14

Steve's Prediction

27-21


Great Moments in Wolverines - Buckeyes History


Great Plays and Great Players


 © 2017 Maize & Blue LLC