Five players I’m watching: Michigan vs. Ohio State
On Saturday, Michigan and Ohio State will meet in the Big House for the Big Ten East crown as the winner will also be able to advance to the college football playoffs. These are the five Wolverines that I will keep a close eye on throughout the game …..
Edge David Ojabo: I’m curious to see if Ohio State tries to run by his side as it showed some inconsistencies in defending the run. He was brilliant all season at getting to quarterback while forcing fumbles as well. Amazingly, the Buckeyes only lost two fumbles all season. Can Ojabo come home and can he play if he can?
LB Josh Ross: Michigan needs Ross to have their best game of the season. He has to attack Treveyon Henderson. Will Ohio State diversify the passing game and try to get Ross into coverage against a Jeremy Ruckert or Henderson guy? There are many potential questions here, but limiting or eliminating missed tackles is paramount in this game.
WR Andrel Anthony: I think Michigan can help themselves offensively if they are on the field early in the game. Anthony immediately showed a talent for difficult catches and big moves. I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to find the newbie.
OT Ryan Hayes: Hayes was supposed to compete against former Michigan target and five-star recruit Zach Harrison. The Traverse City native has been solid so far this season, but not spectacular. Like Ross, Hayes will have to play his best game of the year on Saturday.
QB Cade McNamara: Gotta put McNamara in here. He has quietly put together a number of very impressive performances over the past few weeks and continues to play sales-free Football. Sales are the killer in any game, but Michigan’s chances of winning on Saturday will drop exponentially if they give the Buckeyes free possession. He doesn’t have to throw the ball all over the field … if he does what he did, Michigan will have a chance.