It seems like only yesterday that the Ohio State Buckeyes took the field against Oregon State to open the 2018 football season, but time flies when you’re having fun. Now, it’s time for the Buckeyes to face arch-rival Michigan in the Horseshoe to conclude the regular season. Per the usual, this game is for all the marbles. The winner takes the Big Ten East and, with a win in the Big Ten Championship against Northwestern, a likely College Football Playoff berth.
Michigan is 10-1 on the season after a season-opening loss to Notre Dame on the road. They’re led by quarterback Shea Patterson — who transferred from Ole Miss after last season — and the top-ranked defense in the country, which has given up less than 235 yards per game.
For Ohio State, the the 10-1 Buckeyes will be honoring a dozen seniors in their final home game, including a trio of fifth-year senior receivers and captains — Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin — who have stepped up this season to give first-year starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins the eye-popping stats and dynamic plays that fans have come to enjoy.
In case it needs repeating, Ohio State has won six-straight games against TTUN, all under Urban Meyer. Jim Harbaugh, naturally, hasn’t beaten his rivals as a coach. And no current member of the Michigan roster has ever beaten Ohio State. The Buckeyes have closed the all-time gap against the Wolverines to 49-58-6, having won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.
Location: Columbus, OH
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is “GameDay” this weekend?
Where else? The crew is headed to Columbus ahead of the greatest rivalry in sports! They’ll be set up outside RPAC until 11 a.m., then they’ll head into the stadium for the final hour before the game. It’ll be the show’s 18th trip to Columbus, and the 43rd time that “GameDay” has been on site for an Ohio State game. Lee Corso has picked the Buckeyes 27 times — second only to Alabama — and is 19-8 when choosing Brutus.
Friday night it was announced that six-time Major League All-Star and former NL MVP Bryce Harper will be broadcast’s guest picker.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
With Iowa and Nebraska squaring off yesterday, the Big Ten has just six games today — all in the noon and afternoon time slots. Concurrent with Ohio State, Purdue travels to Indiana on ESPN2. At 3:30 p.m., Maryland heads to No. 12 Penn State on ABC while Illinois goes to No. 19 (and Big Ten West champ) Northwestern on BTN. Minnesota is also set to travel to Wisconsin at the same time on ESPN2. Finally, Rutgers searches for its first conference win as it travels to Michigan State at 4 p.m. on FOX.
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