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College Football Week 13: #20 Michigan At #4 Ohio State

Iowa v Michigan Ohio State Buckeyes v Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan

Ohio State

Michigan 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. Coaching 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.
With 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. Offense 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.
Michigan will have its hands full with the dual-threat Miller, like most teams, but this unit has been very good all season. Defense The defense has showed some improvement over the past few weeks and will get a stiff test against its arch rival.
Punter 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. Special Teams “Philly” Brown opened the scoring last week with a 68-yard punt return, a rare special teams boost for OSU.

The winner is

Iowa v Michigan
Michigan
3 out of 4

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

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