The Winds of Winter
- Apr 3, 2012
- Reaction score
I can see this being the year scUM finally beats the Buckeyes. I think this tOSU team is weaker than prior years and if they don't come out dominating they seem to wilt. If Penn State had even a mildly healthy/competent QB, for example, they would have beaten the Buckeyes. I see scUM finally getting one. It's kind of due; even Cooper beat scUM once. I can easily see the Ichiganders in my family being insufferable about it, too.
S Dax Hill is really good, but I can't say I know a whole lot about the rest of their personnel on defense
It depends on what you mean by "run heavy", but I don't think I agree. OSU has pretty much the best WRs and passing game in country, so I don't think it's wise to face your best opponent and say, "let's not do the thing we're great at nearly as much."If OSU comes out with a run heavy gameplan
For all the attention that Ojabo and Hutchinson are getting, and rightfully so, they make up 20 of their 28 sacks. And Ohio State has basically 4 OTs starting on their line so I feel decent about their ability to contain them. Meanwhile, Ohio State doesn’t have a single guy that’s above 5 sacks but as a team they have more than Michigan with 35.
It is worth noting Michigan has an edge in sacks per drop back.
Michigan has faced 30.6 pass attempts per game.
Ohio State has faced 37.9 pass attempts per game.
So the counting stats are a little misleading.
Michigan has been able to generate pressure rushing only 4, because their ends have been so good, so that is obviously a huge advantage defensively.
Certainly will be an interesting matchup to watch, as I don’t think Michigan can win if they consistently need to commit more guys to generate pressure. It will put too much stress on their cover unit.