Michigan Football: 5 predictions for Wolverines against Ohio State

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A four-quarter game

Few expected the Wolverines to be this good this season. Most of us were hoping for seven or eight wins in the first year of this reboot with hope for the future.

But the time is now. The future is incredibly bright with all the young stars on offense and defense. It will sting to lose Hutchinson and Ojabo, but that’s life and they have one last great performance in them.

Michigan has closed the gap on Ohio State. It has first-round draft picks and in 11 games this season has trailed for about 40 total minutes of game time.

If Big Ten refs, weren’t so horrible, Michigan would be 11-0. But then again, Harbaugh would be 1-4 against OSU, not 0-5 if it wasn’t for Big Ten officials.

Hopefully, Michigan gets a fair shake on Saturday because it will need every possible break to go its way. The ball generally never bounces Michigan’s way and this time, it will have to.

Ohio State is a juggernaut. It has one of the greatest collections of offensive talent we’ve ever seen and TreVeyon Henderson, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and is sure to be a first-round pick in his own right someday (he’s a freshman) barely gets mentioned.

That’s how good Ohio State is. Michigan will make this a game. It will be a battle and the Wolverines have a solid chance at beating the spread, but I won’t believe that Michigan beats Ohio State, at least an Ohio State team this good, until I see it and I see the red zone being the difference in the game.

The progress will be evident and a Rose Bowl ticket will be in hand after, but the pain against Ohio State continues.

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Final score: Ohio State 34, Michigan 27