There’s absolutely nothing I can say in this week’s I Got 5 on it that can do justice to what tomorrow is.
You know what’s at stake. You know how important it is.
The Game is The Game.
No game in college football means as much as this one. No game has as many moments. No game has Marcus Hall going full Stone Cold Steve Austin to 100,000-plus haters.
Ohio State is 11-0, ranked No. 1 in the country, and on a chase for their second national championship in six years. Absolutely none of that matters for three-plus hours tomorrow.
The only thing that matters is beating Michigan.
Here are 5 things I’m thinking before The Game:
Shoutout to Tate Forcier
I have no idea why this came to mind, but with it being 10 years since the 2009 game, please enjoy the best of Tate Forcier:
J.K. Dobbins makes a run at history
I’m not going to act like I’m the only one who thought J.K. Dobbins was in for a huge season, but let the record show:
JK Dobbins going for 1,400-1,500 this season and I’m so ready for it— Colton Denning (@Dubsco) August 4, 2019
Dobbins is 56 yards away from 1,500, and 60 yards from passing Ezekiel Elliott for second on Ohio State’s all-time rushing list. It’s hard to imagine any sweeter way to achieve those milestones than against Michigan.
In my eyes, Dobbins and the run game are really the key to Ohio State winning. Getting five or six yards a pop on first down —like they were able to early against Penn State— can keep Michigan’s defense off balance, and allow Justin Fields and the passing game to play to their strengths.
17 makes his mark
Speaking of the strength of the passing game, let’s talk about Chris Olave. It was only a year ago that The Game turned him from a relative unknown to an outright star. He hasn’t looked back since.
Olave is the team leader in receiving yards (637), touchdowns (10), and every time they need a big play, it seems like he’s the one to make it.
Whether it was the touchdown against Penn State, the Michigan game last year, the game-winning touchdown in last year’s Big Ten title game, or the two touchdowns against Wisconsin - 17 is the guy. Hell, he even brings it on special teams. There’s a reason he was the one who caught that crazy onside kick against Maryland. The Game is all about moments, and no one plays better in big moments than Chris Olave.
I know Ohio State’s passing game isn’t built to feed one target, but I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to prioritize Olave and let him break this game open.
EXCLUSIVE: The Jim Harbaugh Michigan PE Jordan 0-5’s
(Sorry if this one comes back to bite me in the ass. I couldn’t help myself ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
5 random predictions to make me look stupid
5. Garrett Wilson either houses a punt, or flips field position with the 40-plus yard return
4. Zach Harrison: STRIP SACK
3. Justin Fields has 12 or less carries
2. Chris Olave has 7 or more catches
1. Chase Young punches his ticket to the Heisman ceremony
That’s all I got. The fact that Ohio State has punched these dudes in the mouth for almost two decades straight and my stomach still feels like this the day before they play is a testament to the greatness of this rivalry. The pieces on the board have changed, but The Game will always be The Game. Go Bucks, beat Michigan.