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Staff Picks: Michigan at Ohio State

It’s the most important Staff Picks of the year. This is the one staff pick that you get remembered for. When your staff picks days are done, people will always ask you, “What was your record picking the Michigan game?” You never want to be on the wrong end of this pick. I was on the wrong end in 2005 and I still hear about it from people who are…
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Five Predictions: Michigan at Ohio State

What more needs to be said? We are smack dab in the middle of the best time of the year and the glory of Saturday afternoon is just a day away. I almost feel bad spoiling what is going to happen, but if you didn’t want to know you wouldn’t have clicked. You have been warned. 1. Jabrill Peppers will have at least seven touches. Michigan is going to need…
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How I See It — Michigan at Ohio State

As the world’s foremost authority on things that I know, and the world’s second-most foremost authority on things that I think I know (my wife is the world’s foremost authority on that), I thought it would be appropriate for me to share what I know — and what I think I know — about The Game. Having watched every game each of Ohio State and Michigan have played for over…
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Buckeye Football Notebook: ‘Our guys are better than your guys’

Everybody has a subject that they bristle at when it is brought up. For some Buckeyes, that subject has been impossible to avoid this week. It’s probably a good thing that the team only met with the media on Monday and has been on lockdown the rest of the week. That subject, of course, is Michigan football, and you can’t go anywhere in the city of Columbus this week without…
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Pat Elflein’s Single-Minded Introduction to The Game Came on Marcus Hall’s Double-Birded Farewell

“Be prepared.” It’s not just for Scouts. It also goes for football players. Be prepared. Why? Because you never know when the guy in front of you on the depth chart is going to get into a fight and get ejected and offer up a double-barreled salute to a non-adoring public as he is escorted off of the playing field. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Pat Elflein had prepared, and was…
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Michigan Mini-Mailbag – Peppers as a Buckeye; Wrinkles; Containing Explosive Butt; More

I’m the kind of guy who can run a Michigan Mailbag every week of the year because I’m endlessly interested in this rivalry. Despite that interest and desire to run a bunch of Mailbags, it’s already Wednesday and I’m just getting to my first one. I’ve got enough submissions for two or three more, but probably not enough days to get it done. Still, if you’ve got something you want…
Jabrill Peppers Upended by Ezekiel Elliott
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Peppers Wants to See How Buckeyes ‘Respond to Physicality’

Football is a physical sport, and that physicality is only intensified during rivalry games. The same holds true for the Ohio State – Michigan rivalry. For decades, former Buckeyes and former Wolverines have said that this is the hardest-hitting game that they played in every season, and they said those words with reverence while rubbing a shoulder or craning their neck in living memory. This Saturday’s game is obviously going…
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Video: Michigan Game Trailer – In This War Fight Like Hell

Four more days. That’s all. To tide you over until then, Ohio State has released their official trailer/hype video for the Michigan game. Of course, it won’t tide you over once you see it. Just the opposite will happen, in fact. You will find it impossible to wait until Saturday. You will look at the clock and the hands will begin to move counter-it wise. You will look outside and…
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If You Are Younger Than 94 Years Old, Then Ohio State Has a Winning Record Over Michigan in Your Lifetime

Being an Ohio State or a Michigan fan, you know that the Wolverines own the advantage in this rivalry. It’s not the advantage that it once was, but it’s still an advantage. Michigan leads the series — which began in 1897 — with a record of 58-47-6 against the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes didn’t get a win in the series until their 16th attempt, putting them well behind the eight ball…