There are probably too many things in this world that I don’t like. What can I say, I’m a particular man. I don’t like people taking selfies at the gym. I hate it when the car in front of you waits until the light turns green to use their left turn signal. I don’t like up-speak. I don’t like straws, can’t stand EDM and I’m not sure why James Franco is still allowed to make movies.
Ohio State Offense
It’s no secret to anyone who follows college football that Ohio State is known for having a well balanced spread offense. They run often and early in games, working in a large dose of bubble screens to stretch a defense, and then once the opposing safeties start to inch closer to the line of scrimmage, they air out a deep pass to a speedy wide receiver and all of the sudden they’ve got you on your heels.
Ohio State Defense
This is a very talented defense, but similarly to the OSU offense, it’s not quite as good as last year’s group. They can help the offense by being able to put points on the board as well as any defense in the county, with the exception of Alabama’s. But their front seven isn’t as stingy as they were last season.
The most obvious question concerning the Michigan offense going into Saturday’s matchup is who’s going to start at quarterback. I think we’re going to see Wilton Speight, John O’Korn and Jabrill Peppers all take several snaps. I’m expecting to see an offensive scheme unlike anything we’ve seen in the last two seasons from Harbaugh and Co. I’m guessing that they’ve been saving almost an entire other playbook for this game.
Of the facets of this game that I think will have the largest impact, I believe that it will be UofM’s defense that will leave the largest imprint. This is truly a special group. The only weakness that they’ve shown all season has been their play on the edge, but I was encouraged by several things I saw last Saturday versus Indiana, especially from Mike McCray.
Special teams have the potential to play a major role in this game. Kenny Allen has been lights out as of late, and don’t be at all surprised to see him hit the biggest field goals of his career. Ohio State also has a dependable kicker in Tyler Durbin, who’s 16 of 17 on the season with field goals, but he’s also missed 2 extra points… This could also be a game that sees the tradition of potential Michigan Heisman Trophy winners returning punts against OSU continue, and no punt return would be more timely for the program.
Lastly, the one major and distinct advantage that I think Michigan holds over the Buckeyes is experience. This is a hungry, disciplined team filled with upperclassmen, and that could pay huge dividends in tomorrow’s matchup with everything on the line for both teams.