Originally Posted by MWM
Yeah, I have a feeling this is the year they lose to Michigan as well. It will be this senior class' last chance to beat OSU which they have yet to do. And I think everyone will know it's Lloyd Carr's last regular season coaching game.
I think it will all come down to Mike Hart. He's tough to stop any time, but when he's got a chip on his shoulder, which he'll have that game, he takes it to another level. He's a special football player.
The fact that it's being played in Michigan this year gives them the edge.
While I think Michigan is being ignored in the media because of their early disasters, I don't know if I would go that far. I think it is safe to say that Purdue isn't very good. Had Boeckman, not thrown those three long interceptions, I think Ohio State would have put up at least another 10-14 points against them at home, at night. Northwestern gave Michigan all sorts of problems until they imploded. They had problems last week, against (insert direction) Michigan. I don't think Michigan has gotten past their demons, they just aren't looking around dark corners.
Mike Hart will have more to give than he had last year, with a national championship chance in the balance?
I don't know if it matters where Michigan plays Ohio State. Tressel has shown he can win in AA, and that game could be for all the marbles again, and Ohio State has veteran leadership on defense.
Ohio State is going to have more problems with Penn State, imo. They can play defense, and they probably will decide to actually use their receivers that game, something JoePa occasionally forgets. Michigan State can score points as well. It will be interesting to see what Ohio State can do against teams that can actually fight back, even if they are flawed.