The 6-0 Ohio State Buckeyes have hardly broken a sweat since winning a low-scoring game at Notre Dame earlier in the week.
Ohio State has scored 29 points or more in each of its last five victories — all against unranked opposition. While Ryan Day’s team hasn’t faced a significant challenge in recent weeks, that would turn later in the season.
Chris Hummer of 247Sports identifies the toughest matchups for each undefeated Power Five event. Ohio State’s answer may seem obvious, but the school has a notable competitor apart from its famous rival.
“You could argue that the trip to State College is Ohio State’s toughest game this season. College football has few, if any, more hostile street environments,” Hummer wrote. “But let’s be real: the game itself is the answer. Michigan hasn’t really been tested this year — we’ll know more after Penn State later this week — but I believe in saying that the Wolverines are a good team. “
Hummer described how Michigan’s “excellent” pass coverage could land Ohio State in trouble on November 26.
“Opposing passersby completed 53.6% of their passes at a rate of 5.1 yards per attempt,” he said. “Plus, Michigan has many corners that are capable of catching up against three- or four-receiver sets. The Wolverines must score in order to keep up with Ohio State. But, they have run-first recognition and make things difficult. for defense.”
The Buckeyes will seek revenge on their minds after the Wolverines thwarted their championship aspirations with a 42-27 reversal last year. It is the first time Michigan bested its nemesis since 2011.
Ohio State and the rest of the country will learn more about other unbeaten Big Ten opponents when the Nittany Lions and the Wolverines face off this Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes may fear more than one of them after witnessing the massive struggle during their goodbye week.
If the Buckeyes defeated both teams, they could earn a college football playoff bid as the No. 1 seed. They have recently emerged as the new betting favorites to win national titles over Alabama and Georgia, so resume wins over Michigan and Penn State could cement them as the team to beat.