Rivalry week is here, and boy, is this matchup going to be a doozy.
The No. 13 Michigan Wolverines have the toughest of challenges ahead when they host No. 1 Ohio State this Saturday in "The Game." An undefeated Ohio State is easily the toughest challenge that the Wolverines have faced this season, and in order to succeed, they are going to need to play their single best game of the season. With that in mind here are three things that Michigan must do in order to upset the top-ranked Buckeyes and shake up the whole college football landscape.
1. Contain JK Dobbins
JK Dobbins is currently fourth in the nation in rushing yards, and containing him at the line of scrimmage will be a necessity for the Michigan D. By taking Dobbins out of the game and making OSU one-dimensional, Michigan can count on quarterback Justin Fields forcing a few throws. The sophomore signal caller has not had to throw more than 25 passes in a game this season; if he has to do so before a hellish crowd at the Big House, anything could happen.
2. Take Care of the Ball
The best way to keep your team in games is simple to grasp: don't gift the other team the football. Facing an Ohio State defense that has 23 takeaways this season, controlling the ball and the clock is crucial. If Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson can eliminate turnovers, the Wolverines can hang around.
3. Throw Everything at Chase Young
The best player in college football wears Scarlet and Gray, and if UM wants to succeed offensively in any way, they need to know exactly where No. 2 is on the field at all times and plan accordingly. Every play is going to require Chase Young to be double-teamed, as without doing so, you're just asking him to be in the backfield on every single play. Young cannot truly be stopped, but keeping him from taking over the game by himself is an achievable goal.