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Ohio State vs Michigan predictions from our contributors at Buckeyes Wire

We will witness one of the most anticipated football matches between Ohio State and Michigan in the history of the greatest rivalry in all sports. That alone makes Saturday an epic showdown between the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked college football playoff teams. A win means that one of the sport’s two bluebloods will hole a ticket to the “playoffs,” which is a four-team affair.

There’s a lot of layers to pull back in this one, with injury notes, offseason talks, last season’s revenge factor for the Buckeyes and more. In fact, there’s so much that we’ve cranked up the content and will continue to do so throughout the day or so to prepare you for a truly historic matchup in scarlet and gray with a little corn and blue.

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One of the things we love to do each week is ask our writers to predict the outcome of the Ohio State game being played on a TV, stadium or streaming device near you that weekend, and you can bet we won’t skip it on this one.

Here’s how Phil, Mark and Josh watch Ohio State’s massive clash with Michigan on Saturday. We’re even adding a prediction from behind enemy lines with Wolverines Wire’s Trent Knoop to even things out.

Phil Harrison, Publisher/Editor and Featured Author

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The forecast

Make no mistake; This should be a big challenge for the state of Ohio. You might not want to hear it, but Michigan is the real deal this year and has the talent, mindset and ability to come to Columbus and ruin the Buckeyes’ day — not to mention the lofty aspirations everyone is on the table lying.

Injury concerns are everywhere and you have to like that the Buckeyes are the home team to shore up the team and let them play with something extra. I can see this being a heavyweight fight early on with both teams taking punches but eventually JJ McCarthy has to win this one with his arm and I don’t think he can match CJ Stroud and the OSU offense can do that bring whole game long.

The Buckeyes win in a dogfight.

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State of Ohio 31, Michigan 27

Mark Russell, Featured Author

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The forecast

We’ve been waiting for this for Buckeye fans. And I think I can say with some certainty that the same is true of the coaches and players.

This game has all the makings of a good old fashioned Big Ten match and both teams have something to prove. Michigan is desperate to claim the conference crown after playing second fiddle to Ohio State for the past 20 years. And the Buckeyes are desperate to prove that last year was more of a fluke than a changing of the guard.

The Buckeyes have been hearing about how “soft” they are for a year. A man can only take so much of this kind of chatter, and Wolverine fans have been persistently toasting the proverbial bear for almost 365 days now. Emotions will run high and I expect some scuffles to break out early. However, an early dose from Dallan Hayden gets the ball rolling and opens the door for OSU’s pass attack. With a hostile crowd supporting the team, the Buckeyes buy their ticket to Indianapolis and avenge their loss a year ago.

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State of Ohio 38, Michigan 27

Josh Keatley, Featured Author

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The forecast

Michigan’s offensive line is arguably the best in college football, but nothing else on this offensive line scares me. Blake Corum is a good defender, but he’s definitely not playing 100% and passing is far from ideal in Ann Arbor. The Buckeye offense will move efficiently, and if the defense can show they’ve grown even a little since last season, this should be a win. The Wolverines are good so this one is going to make us sweat but Ohio State should win.

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State of Ohio 35, Michigan 21

Trent Knoop, Wolverine’s Wire

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The forecast

I can really imagine every scenario that happens on Saturday. I think Michigan has the potential to dominate the line of scrimmage like last year, I can see Ohio State throwing the ball over the Wolverines and I can see both teams hitting a last-second field goal, in order to win.

If the Wolverines are healthy or nearly healthy, I think Ohio State will have Corum and Edwards struggling to stop the Wolverines’ ongoing attacks and Michigan will be checking the clock.

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