3 Things to Watch for Against Ohio State

3 Things to Watch for Against Ohio State

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3 Things to Watch for Against Ohio State

Last week the Wolverines had some troubles with the Indiana Hoosiers, who were putting up a fight all game long, and Michigan pulled through 31-20 as they can now pay attention to Ohio State.

Ohio State, on the other hand, had to go to overtime to take care of Maryland and win off a failed two-point conversion, winning 52-51.

These two teams are playing for a date with Northwestern next Saturday in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship and to keep their playoff hopes alive as Michigan is currently ranked fourth, while Ohio State is ranked 10th and the last team that has a chance to make the final four next Sunday. These teams are playing for a lot, and here are the three things you need to pay attention to during the game.

1. Could The Rain Make The Passing Game Go Away?

90 percent chance of rain in Columbus on Saturday and that can certainly change how the game is played. It could be raining, but it could just be a light drop/mist, or it could be a downpour that leaves Wolverine fans having flashbacks against Michigan State last year.

How much rain is coming down depends on how the passing game will be coming out for either side of the ball. Ohio State has thrown the ball more than Michigan, so their offense could see more changes than Michigan’s, but the weather will hurt both teams if it’s bad enough.

If the rain isn’t much of a factor, then expect no changes to either offense and that is what we should prefer to see as if both teams are mostly running the ball, both will be one dimensional and getting stopped more often, leading to a tougher time for both teams to get points or a boring game where we see punters more than the quarterbacks.

2. Who Steps Up The Most, The Michigan Offense Or The Defense?

Ignore the weather for this one. Ohio State’s number two offense vs. Michigan’s number one defense. Who steps up and who struggles? This is the best offense Michigan has seen all season and this is the best defense Ohio State has seen all year long. Michigan has more playmakers on defense and there isn’t a true weakness on that side, while Ohio State has a good quarterback, running back core and wide receiver core, their weakness is the offensive line and that is where Michigan could strike and have an impact.

Flipping sides we have the 46th ranked offense in Michigan against the 76th ranked defense as Michigan has played seven better defenses this year and with the only strong point on that defense being the defensive line, it could lead to Patterson having his best game this season and the offense putting up some good points overall.

Who will step up more though is the question. If Michigan is making all the stops on defense, is the offense responding with points or are they struggling too? If the offense is having their way with the Buckeyes defense, are the Wolverines letting Haskins get easy passes completed and keeping them in the game?

3. Urban Meyer On The Sidelines

While the antics from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh are always something to talk about, gifs are made, and people laugh, but he might not be the coach to watch on Saturday.

Since returning to coach this season, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been seen with more reactions this season and part of it is due to his cyst that is in his head that is causing health issues. His game against Maryland last week was the worst he has ever looked and part of it had to be because he was struggling against Maryland.

Imagine his reaction on Saturday against Michigan. Meyer might have to be taken to the locker room and looked at if he is having serious pain and issues on the sideline. Michigan could cause Meyer headaches and his reaction to everything should be something to keep an eye on as it could be the last time he coaches in the Horseshoe.

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