College Football Week 13: #20 Michigan At #4 Ohio State
- CoachingMichigan dealt with the injury to Denard Robinson by moving Devin Gardner back to quarterback from wide receiver. Last week, they put Robinson all over the field and dominated Iowa.Urban Meyer is one win away from being perfect in his first season in Columbus. It is possible an undefeated season could get the Buckeyes to No. 1 in the final AP Poll.
- OffenseWith Gardner accounting for six touchdowns last week and Robinson lining up at running back, wide receiver, and, occasionally, quarterback, the Michigan offense looked even more dangerous.Braxton Miller had a very unimpressive game against Wisconsin last week but the Buckeyes still got the win. The Michigan defense will pose a big challenge, but Miller played well in Ann Arbor last season.
- DefenseMichigan will have its hands full with the dual-threat Miller, like most teams, but this unit has been very good all season.The defense has showed some improvement over the past few weeks and will get a stiff test against its arch rival.
- Special TeamsPunter Will Hagerup was not needed until the fourth quarter last week. Michigan’s special teams have been middle-of-the-pack according to the Football Outsiders ratings.“Philly” Brown opened the scoring last week with a 68-yard punt return, a rare special teams boost for OSU.
Michigan will know by kickoff whether it is still alive for a Big Ten championship (Nebraska plays on Friday), but this is The Game—no extra motivation is required. The Wolverines are the more well-rounded team. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor