No game is bigger this week than Michigan vs. Ohio State, and the Wolverines need DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley to turn in a strong performance if they are to get the win. Woodley has had a strong season, and while he didn't put up big stats against Indiana last week, he played well. As a run defender, he used his hands well and shed blocks fairly quickly. As a pass rusher, he showed a variety of different moves and very good closing speed when he got a clear path to the quarterback.
Now it's time for Woodley to turn it up a notch. He primarily will line up opposite Buckeyes' OTs Kirk Barton and Alex Boone, who is expected to play after missing two games with a knee injury. Barton and Boone both have excellent size and long arms. They are capable of engulfing Woodley when the Buckeyes run and riding him past the pocket when they pass. Keeping that in mind, Woodley has top play with sound technique, which means he has to control his emotions in this game. If his enthusiasm to make a play causes him to play with poor technique, he could struggle.