Michigan’s seven game losing streak to Ohio State could very well come to an end today as the 17th-ranked Wolverines take on the Buckeyes at the Big House in Ann Arbor. A Michigan victory would give Brady Hoke’s Wolverines ten wins on the season and make them an attractive possibility for a BCS Bowl game.
The 6-and-5 Buckeyes may have their focus distracted by what’s likely to come next week with the expected hiring of Urban Meyer, who will reportedly be their next head coach.
Brady Hoke believes today’s contest will be decided in the trenches where the success or failure of the running game will be played out. Michigan is 14th in the nation in total defense while Ohio State is 108th in the country in total offense, ironically, in this 108th meeting between the two teams.
Michigan State, meanwhile, wants to maintain some momentum heading toward its date next month at Indianapolis for the inaugural Big Ten Championship game. The Spartans are on the road today to face the Northwestern Wildcats. Yesterday, Western Michigan helped its cause for a possible bowl bid with the Broncos bashing Akron 68-to-19 in Kalamazoo, improving their record to 7-and-5 and 5-and-3 in Mid American Conference play.
W-M-U will have to wait at least a week to find out if it will go bowling with one possibility being talked about, the 15th annual Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl December 27th at Ford Field.
Friday on the national football scene, top-ranked LSU came back from an early 14-point deficit to score 41 of the game's final 44 points in a 41-17 victory over number-three Arkansas and earn a spot in the SEC Championship game against Georgia.