2017 Michigan football opponent preview and prediction: Ohio State

Editor’s note: Counting down to Michigan football’s season opener, Land of 10 is taking a look at the Wolverines’ 2017 opponents.

Michigan vs. Ohio State

When: Saturday, Nov. 25

  • Kickoff time: Noon ET
  • Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor.
  • TV: Fox
  • Last meeting: Ohio State rallied last year from a 17-7 deficit in the second half and won 30-27 in double overtime, its 12th victory in the last 13 games of the series. It was a game most remembered for a controversial fourth down conversion by Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett that led to Curtis Samuel’s game-winning touchdown run. Wilton Speight started after missing one game with a left shoulder injury and, while it wasn’t his best performance, he delivered a pair of touchdown passes, including one to Amara Darboh on a fourth-down play in the first overtime that extended the game.

Ohio State at a glance

Coach: Urban Meyer
2016 record: 11-2 (lost in CFP semifinals)

Buckeyes players to watch

J.T. Barrett | Quarterback

Barrett was the first-team All-Big Ten pick last season by both the coaches and media. He’s a dangerous runner, so Michigan has to contain him in the pocket and force Barrett to beat it throwing the ball. Barrett had more rushing yards (125) than passing yards (124) in last year’s game. His receivers this season will be more experienced, something that showed up late last season. Barrett will come into Michigan Stadium as the most hated player. He’s played in rough environments, before but the atmosphere inside Michigan Stadium on this Saturday should be as hostile has he’s faced.

Tyquan Lewis | Defensive end

Lewis is the most dangerous player on one of the most dangerous defensive lines in the country. He was chosen first-team All-Big Ten by both coaches and media for a season that ended up with 10.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Michigan did a good job against Lewis last season, limiting him to 1 quarterback hurry. Lewis isn’t the only player Michigan has to be concerned with on Ohio State’s defense, but he’s a good place to start.

Our take

One of these years, right? Michigan has to be able to beat the Buckeyes at some point if Jim Harbaugh’s program is going to go from a team that could win the Big Ten and contend for a national title to one that makes the hype reality. It nearly (should have?) happened last year in Columbus. Ohio State is the favorite to win the Big Ten this year and make a return to the College Football Playoff. It’s been a long time since Michigan has ruined Ohio State’s season.

Prediction

Michigan 27, Ohio State 21

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