Ohio State vs. Michigan: Prediction, pick, spread, football game odds, live stream, watch online, TV channel

It’s the Big Ten schedule’s top game nearly every year, and the 2022 college football season is no different. No. 2 Ohio State will host No. 3 Michigan on Saturday in the 117th game of The Game. That’s all. The rivalry is so big they call it The Game, and everyone knows exactly which game is The Game.

The stakes in this are simple and high. The winner earns the Big Ten East crown and advances to the Big Ten Championship Game with his perfect record still intact. The underdog suffers his first loss of the season and then has to sit at home crossing his fingers, hoping enough things come his way so that he can still make his way into the College Football Playoff.

But even if these two teams weren’t undefeated with everything left to play, they’d still approach this game the same way. Seasons are defined by this rivalry. Hell, even careers are. John Cooper won 111 games with the Buckeyes, including three Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl, but if you mention his name to an Ohio State fan, the only number they’ll tell you about is his 2- Cooper’s 10-1 against The Northern Team.

This game is, and always will be, all about Michigan and Ohio State fans.

Ohio State vs. Michigan: Need to Know

Michigan leads all-time series: One reason Ohio State fans might be bitter about John Cooper’s record against Michigan? Well, if you remove the Cooper era, the Buckeyes are still 49-49-5 against the Wolverines. But, unfortunately for them, era matters, so Michigan has the lead 59-51-6. More important than the overall story, Michigan won last season’s matchup, ending an eight-game hitting streak for the Buckeyes.

Blake Corum Health Questions: It’s the biggest question that comes into The Game. Michigan’s Heisman running back Blake Corum missed the second half of the team’s win against Illinois last week, and it’s probably no coincidence that Michigan nearly lost the game. Corum has been the focal point of Michigan’s offense all season and if he’s not available, or even less than 100%, he will impact this game.

Ohio State Targets Fifth Big Ten Championship Game in Six Years: I mentioned that Michigan won the matchup last year, and the win not only ended Ohio State’s streak in the rivalry, it ended Ohio State’s dominance of the Big Ten Easts. The Buckeyes had won the division four straight years, and a win here would have given the Buckeyes their fifth division title in six seasons. However, on the other side of that coin? A Michigan win would improve Jim Harbaugh’s record in the rivalry as a coach to 2-5 while dropping Ryan Day to 1-2. It would be pretty funny to think about this rivalry with two coaches with a losing record against the other team, wouldn’t it?

How to watch Ohio State vs. Michigan live

Date: Saturday 26 November | Time: 12:00 PM ET
Position: Ohio Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

Ohio State vs. Michigan, picks

Featured game | Ohio State Buckeyes versus Michigan Wolverines

I don’t know who will win this match. I played both sides in our expert picks. I took Ohio State straight, but the Wolverines against the spread. The truth is, my confidence level in both choices is low. However, I kind of like the under. The way I see it, if Michigan is going to win this game, they’re going to have to do it on the field, which should keep the score down. Meanwhile, Ohio State hasn’t faced as many defenses as Michigan has. When he did, we saw his offensive struggle. At the same time, if there is going to be a blowout, I have to assume it would be in Ohio State’s favor, but that only happens if Michigan doesn’t score. All of these scenarios end up with the total ending up below 56 points. Prediction: Under 56

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