“The Game” has high stakes no matter the record of Ohio State or Michigan.
But it’s different this year. The Buckeyes and Wolverines both sit in the top-six of the College Football Playoff. Both have just one loss — Ohio State’s to Oregon and Michigan’s to Michigan State — and enter the matchup with a trip to the Big Ten Championship on the line. Should the winner of this game then proceed to win the conference, it would all but certainly send the victor to the College Football Playoff.
These two teams have found success in the 2021 season in different ways. Ohio State has primarily overpowered teams with its offense, as they rank No. 1 in scoring (47.2 points per game) and total yardage (559.5 yards per game) among all FBS teams. Though Michigan isn’t far behind in offense (15th and 24th, respectively), the Wolverines have leaned on their defense. They rank 10th in the nation with only 306.7 yards allowed per game and seventh in scoring defense at 16.3 points per game, while Ohio State is 44th and 16th, respectively.
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The Wolverines will be tasked with trying to slow down a passing attack that has dominated opponents this season. With 36 passing touchdowns, 3,468 passing yards and only five picks, C.J. Stroud has cemented himself as one of the Heisman frontrunners as he has found success passing to star wide receiver talents like Chris Olave (848 yards, 13 touchdowns), Garrett Wilson (939 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (1,132 yards, six touchdowns).
Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara has played well this season, throwing 14 touchdowns and two interceptions with 2,142 yards, but it’s been the dual-running back setup of Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum that headlines the offense. Haskins leads the team with 1,063 rushing yards on 216 carries, while Corum has rushed 130 times for 778 yards.
All-time, Michigan maintains the edge in the rivalry, leading Ohio State 58-51-6. But Ohio State has won the most recent eight and has controlled the rivalry since 2001, as the Buckeyes hold a 17-2 edge.
What channel is Ohio State vs. Michigan on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV
The latest edition of “The Game” will be carried by Fox as part of the program’s “Big Noon Kickoff.” Gus Johnson and Joel Klatte will be on the call, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines.
Ohio State vs. Michigan start time
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 27
- Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
As has been tradition, the Ohio State-Michigan game will kickoff at noon ET at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday.
Ohio State football schedule 2021
|at Minnesota||Sept. 2||Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31|
|vs. No. 12 Oregon||Sept. 11||Oregon 35, Ohio State 28|
|vs. Tulsa||Sept. 18||Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20|
|vs. Akron||Sept. 25||Ohio State 59, Akron 7|
|at Rutgers||Oct. 2||Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13|
|vs. Maryland||Oct. 9||Ohio State 66, Maryland 17|
|at Indiana||Oct. 23||Ohio State 54, Indiana 7|
|vs. Penn State||Oct. 30||Ohio State 33, Penn State 24|
|at Nebraska||Nov. 6||Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17|
|vs. Purdue||Nov. 13||Ohio State 59, Purdue 31|
|vs. No. 7 Michigan State||Nov. 20||Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7|
|at Michigan||Nov. 27||—|
Michigan football schedule 2021
|vs. Western Michigan||Sept. 4||Michigan 47, Western Michigan 14|
|vs. Washington||Sept. 11||Michigan 31, Washington 10|
|vs. Northern Illinois||Sept. 18||Michigan 63, Northern Illinois 10|
|vs. Rutgers||Sept. 25||Michigan 20, Rutgers 13|
|at Wisconsin||Oct. 2||Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17|
|at Nebraska||Oct. 9||Michigan 32, Nebraska 29|
|vs. Northwestern||Oct. 23||Michigan 33, Northwestern 7|
|at No. 8 Michigan State||Oct. 30||Michigan State 37, Michigan 33|
|vs. Indiana||Nov. 6||Michigan 29, Indiana 7|
|at Penn State||Nov. 13||Michigan 21, Penn State 17|
|at Maryland||Nov. 20||Michigan 59, Maryland 18|
|vs. Ohio State||Nov. 27||—|