It may be the week of Thanksgiving, but the national holiday doesn't hold a candle to the matchup we have on Saturday.
Thanks to an overtime victory over Maryland, the table is set for a top-10 bout between Ohio State and Michigan. The Wolverines have been on fire and look like one of the best teams in college football as of late, but history is on the side of the Buckeyes here.
Ohio State has the mental edge over Michigan as the Wolverines have everything to lose.
Opening as 3.5 pt favorites, Michigan will be favored over Ohio State for the first time since 2011, when Michigan knocked off the Buckeyes 40-34 as 8-point favorites. It was the Wolverines' last win in the series. Michigan hasn't won in Columbus since 2000.— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) November 19, 2018
Ohio State is ready for rivalry week. Should Michigan be looking forward to the matchup just as much as the Buckeyes are?
Michigan has been rolling teams as of late and is on a 10-game winning streak but that doesn't erase history. The Wolverines haven't beaten Ohio State since 2011 and haven't won in Columbus since 2000. A lot of talented teams have faced the Buckeyes and haven't had the outcome they've wanted. Why is this team different?
Ohio State has everything to gain. Many have written them off as they haven't won many easy games in the convincing fashion that they should've. They're the underdog in this game, an unfamiliar but welcomed experience for the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer.
JK Dobbins can't wait for Michigan-Ohio State week to get rolling.https://t.co/HG5w7ZclXC— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 18, 2018
On the other side of it, Michigan has everything to lose. This has been the expectation for the Wolverines ever since Jim Harbaugh became the head coach of Michigan. A trip to the CFP is a must at this point.
Michigan has the talent, but Ohio State is surprisingly in the driver's seat heading into Saturday.