Ohio State-Michigan is still considered a rivalry, competitive balance be damned. The Buckeyes have won all but two of the meetings between the two schools since 2001 and Michigan’s current coach, Jim Harbaugh, has yet to beat Ohio State in his six years since taking over at his alma mater.
But this could finally be his chance to get over that hump. The Wolverines are 10-1 and currently sit ranked No. 5 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Much of that has been on the back of strong quarterback play from Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy as well has running back Hassan Haskins, who ranks third in the Big Ten in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
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The maize and blue have also gotten help from their defense when they’ve needed it. They rank in the top-10 in scoring defense (7th, 16.27 points per game), total defense (9th, 306.6 yards per game) and are one of the best teams defending on third down (10th, 31.7 percent conversion rate allowed).
Even if it’s Harbaugh’s and Michigan’s best chance to get over the hump, it still won’t be easy. Ohio State has one of the nation’s most prolific offenses ranking first in total offense (559.9 yards per game), first in scoring offense (47.2 points per game) while converting on 53.9 percent of third down attempts and scoring on 92 percent of their trips to the red zone.
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The Buckeyes can also win in myriad ways, with receivers Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba as well as running back TreVeyon Henderson all having the ability to serve as focal points and catalysts of the offense.
Both Ohio State and Michigan are 10-1 this season, though Michigan’s loss was to conference foe Michigan State. That means if the Wolverines want to play for their first Big Ten title under Jim Harbaugh, they’ll need to beat Ohio State, whose one loss is to Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon.
This iteration of “The Game” has some of the biggest implications of any in recent memory and could go a long way toward solidifying Jim Harbaugh’s job security.
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Ohio State vs. Michigan score
Ohio State vs. Michigan live updates, highlights from ‘The Game’
1:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes take the lead for the first time today. Stroud hits Garrett Wilson in the end zone on a ridiculous catch to cap off a 1:39 drive. Ohio State 10, Michigan 7 with 9:12 left in the second quarter.
1:13 p.m.: After a loss on first down, Stroud hits Jaxon Smith-Njigba for 23 yards to the Michigan 25.
1:11 p.m.: CJ Stroud hits Garrett Wilson for 10 yards to cross midfield and now to the Michigan 46 with 10:22 left in the second quarter.
1:05 p.m.: Michigan is quickly looking at third-and-7 from its own 13 but McNamara’s pass falls incomplete. The Wolverines will punt it away on their first three-and-out. Ohio State takes over at its own 43 following the punt.
1:01 p.m.: Stroud’s pass on third-and-9 from the 50 falls incomplete. The Buckeyes will punt it away and Michigan takes over at its own 10.
12:59 p.m.: TreVeyon Henderson peels off another big run, this one for 25 and Ohio State is up to the 49.
12:58 p.m.: On second-and-7, Ohio State gets hit for its second false start of the day and is driven back five. Second-and-12 from the 16 upcoming for the Buckeyes.
12:57 p.m.: A brutal penalty against the Wolverines on the punt for kick-catch interference. Ohio State moves up 15 yards and is now at its own 18.
12:55 p.m.: On third-and-7, McNamara’s pass falls incomplete. Michigan’s first failure to conver on third down so far today. Wolverines will punt it away and Ohio State takes over at its own 3.
End quarter 1: Michigan 7, Ohio State 3
12:54 p.m.: Michigan’s first quarter lead against Ohio State is a rare one.
12:51 p.m.: The final play of the first quarter goes for no gain as McNamara tries a pass behind the line of scrimmage. It’ll be third-and-7 for the Wolverines from Ohio State’s 45 to start the second quarter.
12:50 p.m.: JJ McCarthy enters at quarterback as well for Michigan to add to the running game. He quickly takes it on a QB keeper, scrambles for 6 and gets a first down.
12:49 p.m.: Blake Corum has entered the game as well for the Wolverines, giving them another option out of the backfield. His first run goes for 5.
12:48 p.m.: Another third down, another Hassan Haskins run, another conversion. This one for 8 yards to the Michigan 41 as the Wolverines near midfield.
12:47 p.m.: Michigan takes over at its own 25 following the Ohio State field goal.
12:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes get on the board following the sack on third down. Noah Ruggles easily splits the uprights on the 31-yarder and Ohio State answers with a score of its own. Michigan 7, Ohio State 3 with 3:36 left in the first.
12:42 p.m.: Aidan Hutchinson sacks CJ Stroud on third down for a loss of 6. Ryan Day brings out the field goal unit for a 31-yarder.
12:42 p.m.: On third-and-goal from the 3, Ohio State gets called for a false start and driven back five yards to the 8. Still third down.
12:39 p.m: In the red zone, Ohio State picks up a first down. Miyan Williams takes it for 7 to set Ohio State up at the 5 and in prime position to get a score of its own.
12:38 p.m.: TreVeyon Henderson does what he does so well, sheds tackles and picks up yards after contact. Henderson takes it for 28, across midfield and right outside the red zone to the Michigan 21.
12:37 p.m.: On first-and-10 from the 34, Chris Olave hauls it in for 9 to the OSU 43 as the Buckeyes near midfield for the first time today.
12:33 p.m.: INTERCEPTION OHIO STATE. Bryson Shaw picks it off and quickly stifles any momentum Michigan had. Returns it to the Ohio State 22 where the Buckeyes will take over.
12:32 p.m.: McNamara hits Roman Wilson for 24 yards following the OSU three-and-out. Michigan now inside the red zone at the OSU 15.
12:30 p.m.: On third-and-9 from their own 5, Ohio State can’t convert as the ball intended for Garrett Wilson falls incomplete. They’ll punt it away and Michigan takes back over at the Ohio State 39 following a 39-yard return from Henning.
12:29 p.m.: Ohio State trots onto the field for its opening drive. The Buckeyes will begin the game at their own 4 yard line.
12:25 p.m.: TOUCHDOW MICHIGAN. A.J. Henning carries it for 14 yards and the score. The Wolverines punch it in on their opening possession and take nearly five minutes off the clock. Michigan 7, Ohio State 0 after a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
12:24 p.m.: Another nice run for Haskins, this one for 17. His second double-digit run of the quarter. Michigan marches to the Ohio State 14.
12:20 p.m.: Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara hits AJ Henning for 9 yards on a nice little screen play. Michigan up to the Ohio State 31 and the Wolverines call a timeout with 10:53 left in the first.
12:19 p.m.: Michigan is 2-for-2 so far on third downs. This one on another rush by Haskins for two yards. Michigan now on the Ohio State 40.
12:17 p.m.: First third down of the game is a third-and-2 from the Michigan 33. Hassan Haskins peels off a 16-yard run to set up a first down for the Wolverines near midfield.
12:15 p.m.: The opening kick is fair caught. Michigan starts the game with the ball at its own 25.
12:13 p.m.: Snow is falling in Ann Arbor. We’ll see how that factors in. But what we do know is Ohio State has won the toss and defered. Michigan starts this iteration of ‘The Game’ with the ball.
Ohio State vs. Michigan start time
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 27
- Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
As has been tradition, the Ohio State-Michigan game will kickoff at noon ET at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday.
What channel is Ohio State vs. Michigan on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV
The latest edition of “The Game” will be carried by Fox as part of the program’s “Big Noon Kickoff.” Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be on the call, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines.
Ohio State football schedule 2021
|at Minnesota||Sept. 2||Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31|
|vs. No. 12 Oregon||Sept. 11||Oregon 35, Ohio State 28|
|vs. Tulsa||Sept. 18||Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20|
|vs. Akron||Sept. 25||Ohio State 59, Akron 7|
|at Rutgers||Oct. 2||Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13|
|vs. Maryland||Oct. 9||Ohio State 66, Maryland 17|
|at Indiana||Oct. 23||Ohio State 54, Indiana 7|
|vs. Penn State||Oct. 30||Ohio State 33, Penn State 24|
|at Nebraska||Nov. 6||Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17|
|vs. Purdue||Nov. 13||Ohio State 59, Purdue 31|
|vs. No. 7 Michigan State||Nov. 20||Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7|
|at Michigan||Nov. 27||—|
Michigan football schedule 2021
|vs. Western Michigan||Sept. 4||Michigan 47, Western Michigan 14|
|vs. Washington||Sept. 11||Michigan 31, Washington 10|
|vs. Northern Illinois||Sept. 18||Michigan 63, Northern Illinois 10|
|vs. Rutgers||Sept. 25||Michigan 20, Rutgers 13|
|at Wisconsin||Oct. 2||Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17|
|at Nebraska||Oct. 9||Michigan 32, Nebraska 29|
|vs. Northwestern||Oct. 23||Michigan 33, Northwestern 7|
|at No. 8 Michigan State||Oct. 30||Michigan State 37, Michigan 33|
|vs. Indiana||Nov. 6||Michigan 29, Indiana 7|
|at Penn State||Nov. 13||Michigan 21, Penn State 17|
|at Maryland||Nov. 20||Michigan 59, Maryland 18|
|vs. Ohio State||Nov. 27||—|