Nov 3, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan Wolverines linebacker Kenny Demens (25) looks on during a play in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football: Coach's Corner -- Michigan at Ohio State -- "THE GAME" -- Compare Units It Matters

Posted at 10:00am — 11/24/2012

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Michigan at Ohio State — “THE GAME” — Compare Units It Matters



Braxton Miller (Ohio State) vs. Devin Gardner (Michigan)

Miller is Ohio State’s most dangerous weapon. Same can be said for Gardner. Miller is the more dangerous runner, but if you factor in Denard Robinson that changes. Gardner is the more accurate passer of the three. This one is very close, I give Ohio State a razor advantage because of Millers experience in big games over Gardner.

Advantage: Razor Thin to Ohio State

September 29, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Ohio State mascot Brutus celebrates with Ohio State marching band after a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Ohio State won 17-16 Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Running Backs:

Losing Fitz hurts bad. With him this would probably been a push, but I have to take Hyde over Rawls. And Ohio State’s depth with Hall is also superior with Fitz out.

Advantage: Ohio State

Wide Receivers:

Gallon has really stepped up and as of lately so has Roundtree. Ohio State receivers Smith, Stonebrunner, and Brown give Ohio State a combination of size, speed and skill. Ohio State’s speed beats Michigan’s balance.

Advantage: Ohio State

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines tackle Michael Schofield (75) – guard Patrick Omameh (65) – guard Elliott Mealer (57) and center Ricky Barnum (52) in the huddle during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Offensive Line:

This one is also really close. Ohio States left side is excellent at run blocking. Michigan is better at pass protection. Ohio State has rushed for over 3,000 yards, but have given up 26 sacks. Michigan has rushed for 2,100 yards, but has given up only 15 sacks.

Advantage: I give Michigan a very slight advantage because of balance, but a sound argument can be made for Ohio State.

Tight Ends:

Very close, Ohio State’s combination is better blockers, Funchess the better athlete with more overall skill.

Advantage: Ohio State a slight advantage because of experience.

Defensive Line:

Michigan’s biggest upgrade since game one has been defensive tackle play. Q-Wash, Campbell, and Black have really stepped up their game. For Ohio State Hankins is load and scouts who opinion I respect tell me he is top three rounds draft pick. Biggest difference is Ohio State defensive end play. Simon is best defensive linemen in game and he is the difference.

Advantage: Ohio State


Before week five or six this would of been clear cut to Ohio State. But Michigan play, particularly Demens has really picked up. Ryan just makes plays. Boren shows a physical side, but lacks lateral movement. Shazier is a freak athlete, but makes as many bonehead plays as great ones. Would not be surprised if he eventually moves to defensive end.

Advantage: Slight to Michigan on consistency of play.


This is very close also Michigan secondary has tackled very well and have done better keeping things in front. Ohio State has had a few injury problems, but am hearing they are over this.

Advantage: Not a strength for either team, call it a push.

Bottom Line:

From pure talent level, I give Ohio State an advantage. I just like how Michigan has come together as a team. (IMO) this will come down to two things. Minus one team committing an ungodly number of turnovers or penalties. Quarterback play, which ever has the better game. That team wins.

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