The Ohio State Buckeyes still have real chance of making it into the College Football Playoff. They’ll have to fend off their biggest rival on Saturday at noon to continue to put pressure on the playoff committee. Here are five things you should know before the Buckeyes head to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines:
Every Current Ohio State Football Player Is Undefeated Against Michigan
Just a friendly reminder that the Buckeyes haven’t lost to Michigan since 2011. It’s been a while.
Parris Campbell Is Making His Presence Felt Again
Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell was injured for almost the entirety of the matchup against Penn State and wasn’t able to play in the 55-24 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Since returning from injury, Campbell has made a nice impact—catching a combined six passes for 108 yards in the past two home games against Michigan State and Illinois. Campbell showed off his open-field prowess as well on a 44-yard gain on a reverse on Saturday against the Fighting Illini. There’s no doubt the Buckeyes are a dangerous squad, especially when Campbell’s doing his thing.
J.T. Barrett Snaps Two-Week Interception Streak
Before the Buckyes’ disappointing loss to the Hawkeyes, quarterback J.T. Barrett had went six consecutive games without throwing an interception. The following two weeks, however, were a nightmare when it came to decision making for the signal caller. Barrett threw a combined six interceptions against the Hawkeyes and Spartans.
This past Saturday, Barrett got back to his disciplined self—throwing for two touchdowns along with zero interceptions.
Mike Weber Has Been On Fire The Past Two Weeks
We all knew running back J.K. Dobbins was a threat this season, but Mike Weber has been nothing short of spectacular in the last two games at The Shoe.
In the two most-recent games (against Michigan State and Illinois) Weber has carried the ball 20 times for 270 yards and 4 TDs, averaging 13.5 yards per rush in the two-week stretch.
Weber isn’t only the “hot hand” for the Bucks of late—he’s also from the state of Michigan, so you know he’ll have wanna prove his worth this upcoming Saturday.
Michigan Has More Questions Than Answers On Offense
Michigan’s offense hasn’t been anything to write home about all season. Last week against the Badgers, they couldn’t even muster up an average of two yards per rush and a head injury to quarterback Brandon Peters has the starting-quarterback position in limbo.
Even with all that, it’s important to remember this isn’t just a rivalry game. It’s “The Game”.