No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan

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#3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) at Michigan (7-4, 3-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – Noon ET
Michigan Stadium (109,901)
Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines. Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius and XM channel 91.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes have clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season and earned a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Legends Division champion Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.7 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally with 530.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 314 yards per game, including a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards, 13 TDs in eight games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,724 yards, 25 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.8 rating. He leads the Big Ten with 296 yards of total offense per game in conference play. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (49 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (40 rec., 591 yds, 7 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten in tackles (108), TFL (19.5) and forced fumbles (4). Sophomore viper Noah Spence (14.5 TFL), is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.3 yards per game on the ground. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are second and third on the team with 61 and 55 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs.

The Game
Saturday at noon in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michigan Stadium, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan meet once again in this storied rivalry that has been judged as the greatest rivalry in all of sports (and it still is) by ESPN. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will describe the action for ESPN. John Sadak and Tim Brown will have the national radio call of the game on WestwoodOne Sports.

The Ramifications
Ohio State will be seeking to close out an unbeaten regular season and stay in the chase for a championship with a win over the arch rival Wolverines. Ohio State capped just the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 26-20 win over Michigan last year in Ohio Stadium. Michigan is 7-4 overall.


Jody Victor