National pregame: Look for Michigan to upset Ohio State

by Berry Tramel Published: November 22, 2012
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Ohio State has had one of the quietest unbeaten seasons in recent history. The Buckeyes are 11-0 but ineligible for the postseason, because of NCAA probation. Thus Ohio State is nowhere to be found in the coaches poll, the Harris Poll or the BCS.

And even in the AP poll, the Buckeyes are behind 10-1 teams Alabama and Georgia.

Saturday, the Buckeyes host archrival Michigan, and it's the 8-3 Wolverines with something to play for. Michigan still could make the Big Ten title game, but it needs Iowa to upset Nebraska on Friday.

But a potential Rose Bowl trip would not match the joy that Michigan would glean from spoiling an undefeated Ohio State season, like Bo Schembechler did twice in his first five seasons.

Last season, Brady Hoke's first as Michigan's coach, the Wolverines ended Ohio State's seven-game series winning streak. The Buckeyes are 5 1/2-point favorites, but let's go with Michigan in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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