MI looks to extinguish Ohio State's dim playoff hopes

Doug Mendoza
November 22, 2017

"It just really bugged me", Winovich said ahead of Saturday's game against Ohio State (noon, FOX). He went to the school up north. But after a controversial fourth-down conversion and spot on a J.T. Barrett run, the Buckeyes scored the winning points on a 15-yard Curtis Samuel run.

"I would say darn near every day you're here you get reminded of this game", Meyer said.

Ohio State and MI will play at 12 p.m. ET, continuing a tradition of playing at noon. That goal, of course, was to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes on their own turf and to advance to the Big Ten Championship game, where they would have a shot to advance to the College Football Playoff. And then the other fan tried to take me out.

Rumors have swirled around Jim Harbaugh since he took over as head football coach at MI in 2015, but the university is reportedly trying to squash them. Minnesota had some flashes of promise this year, but if its season ends with a pair of blowout losses to the top-two teams in the division, the season will likely be considered a failure.

Best performance by a quarterback: In Ohio State's 42-41 victory at MI in 2013, Braxton Miller rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. This was Meyer's first victory against MI. The Buckeyes have won 5 in a row against the Wolverines from 2012 through 2016.

One year ago, the University of MI football team traveled to Columbus, Ohio with one goal.

Best defensive performance: Defensive end Joey Bosa had a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in the 2015 game.

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Just playing against Ohio State is motivation enough for most of the Wolverines but you can bet Winovich will have an extra chip on his shoulder come Saturday afternoon at the Big House.

"We felt like we could win the game right there", Gardner said.

In the second overtime, MI took a 27-24 lead. It was the first overtime game in the series' history. Cardale Jones led one touchdown drive, and Darron Lee sealed a 42-28 victory with a fumble return for a touchdown. Here is where the conference stands going into the final week of the regular season.

Biggest crowd: Ohio State set an Ohio Stadium attendance record in 2016 with a crowd of 110,045 for the game vs. MI. It was his wife Shelley.

"I haven't beaten them since I've been here", said MI defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, a fifth-year senior.

Meyer then told the reporters, "She said bring a gallon of milk home on the way home".

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