Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game.
Angelique S. Chengelis: With the uncertainty of Michigan’s quarterback situation, it’s uncertain how to call this game. The teams are well-matched, but the Buckeyes have a veteran quarterback in J.T. Barrett who can inflict so much damage on a defense in so many ways. But Michigan’s defense is ranked No. 1 nationally and will attack and be aggressive. Ohio State 28-20
Matt Charboneau: The hype machine has been off the charts this week, and why not considering the ramifications in this one? The rivalry hasn't been has been this big since 2006. Ohio State did not look like a No. 2 team last week against Michigan State, but neither did Michigan two weeks ago against Iowa. Normally, I’d opt for the home team in a game this close, but I suspect Wilton Speight plays, giving the Wolverines offense a slight enough edge to pull it out in Columbus. Michigan 24-23
John Niyo: The Wolverines are the underdogs, according to the polls and oddsmakers. But they’ve got more playmakers, and more experience, on both sides of the ball. They’ve also got a new defensive coordinator in Don Brown, who can be a difference-maker in a game like this. Michigan 27-20
Bob Wojnowski: The Wolverines weren’t as close to their rivals as they thought last season, but they’re closer now. With uncertainty at quarterback, Michigan’s attacking defense will have to lead the way, and find a way to stop Ohio State’s running game. QB J.T. Barrett and back Mike Weber can roll, but the Buckeyes’ passing game isn’t particularly dangerous. This will be a high-intensity, low-scoring slugfest, and the Buckeyes will bust just a couple more big runs. Ohio State 20-17