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3 Things Michigan Must Do to Ruin Ohio State's Season With Rivalry Upset

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Donovan Peoples-Jones #9 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after a touchdown during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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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

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 23:  J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 16: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Michigan State 44-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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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

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 23:  Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes chases down the ballcarrier against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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.