Saturday, November 25, 2017

Michigan at Ohio State

Ohio State hosts rival Michigan in Week 13 with a share of the Big Ten title and a possible Rose Bowl berth on the line for the Buckeyes.

Michigan offense vs. Ohio State defense
• Injuries at running back could affect how the Wolverines run the read option this week. QB Denard Robinson attacks the outside when the play calls for the back to run between the tackles and threatens the inside when it calls for the back to get outside, and RBs Vincent Smith and Michael Shaw have the burst to turn the corner and create space inside by drawing Ohio State's linebackers outside. However, Smith and Shaw are questionable because of concussions. True freshman backup Stephen Hawkins is tough between the tackles and Michigan will likely run him inside, and the injuries could lead to more designed keepers for Robinson. Robinson has been nicked up, though, and the Wolverines could use screen passes to supplement the running game and take pressure off Robinson. However, Ohio State CBs Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence were physical with Iowa's receivers last week, and they tackle fairly well.