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All the pressure is on Michigan to win The Game, despite being road underdogs

Our latest podcast discusses that, and all things Ohio State/Michigan.

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Despite having one of the least experienced rosters in the country heading into the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes are No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into this week’s season finale against the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines.

In what looks like the most exciting version of The Game since 2006, both have everything at stake and can’t afford another loss if they hope to make the Big Ten Championship Game, or the playoff. While the Buckeyes don’t control their own conference destiny, a third top-ten win would be an emphatic statement to the selection committee, and at the very least, give them an excellent case to make their second playoff appearance in three years.

For Michigan, a win would not only give them their first in the rivalry since 2011, but would also send them to Indianapolis for the first time, with a likely spot in the playoff on the line. So, with everything at stake, who is under more pressure to win on Saturday?

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holyland, Matt Brown and Colton Denning discuss why they think the answer is Michigan, This season being the Wolverines’ best shot at a Big Ten title —and more— for a few years, and how people will view Jim Harbaugh if he loses his first two games against the Buckeyes. They also discuss whether Ohio State’s season is already a successful one, regardless of the outcome. In addition to that take, which surely will upset people on both sides, they break down The Game from all angles, including:

  • Reminiscing about the 2006 matchup, and whether Saturday’s game can be just as good.
  • The odd situation Matt found himself in during the game.
  • The standouts of this season’s small senior class, and why Cam Johnston will be sorely missed.
  • Discussing which underclassmen are most likely to head to the NFL.
  • What J.T. Barrett’s legacy will be at Ohio State, and the possibility of him declaring for the NFL draft.

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