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No. 3 Ohio State aiming to avoid upset at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ohio State has put itself in a position to possibly play in the BCS championship.The third-ranked Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) are undefeated and heavily favored to stay that way after playing slumping archrival Michigan (7-4, 3-4) on Saturday at the Big House.Ohio State has won a school-record 23 straight games since losing to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012, and in Ann Arbor to close the 2011 regular season.It seems to be set up for more success on both sides of the ball against Michigan.Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde help the Buckeyes strike a balance on offense and linebacker Ryan Shazier leads a stingy defense.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer acknowledged he might talk to his team about how Ohio State’s team in 1969 went to Michigan Stadium with a 22-game winning streak and came home with a loss against Bo Schembechler’s first team in what is remembered as the biggest upset in the storied series.View gallery.”Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller drops back to pass against Indiana during the first quarter of …”It’s always good to talk about the history of the rivalry,” Meyer said.The Wolverines, who are playing for just pride and bowl positioning, insist they’re not motivated by the opportunity to spoil Ohio State’s season.”We talk about ourselves and what we have to do,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. ”We’ve never ever mentioned it, and I won’t. That’s not what the game is about. It’s about us playing our best football for our seniors and the greatest rivalry in sport.”When Ohio State plays at Michigan here are five things to watch:HOW CAN MICHIGAN WIN?: Hoke said if he wasn’t very confident his team could win, he’d call the game off. So, what does Hoke think the keys to victory are? ”We have to stay away from negative plays offensively,” he said. Michigan hasn’t been able to do that all season, ranking 123rd and last among major college football teams with more than 100 plays stopped behind the line of scrimmage. ”Defensively, we’ve got to do a great job in the rushing game,” Hoke added. That will be tough, too. Hyde has run for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games. The senior has 100-plus yards rushing in six straight gamesView gallery.”FILe – In this Nov. 26, 2011 file photo, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is sacked by Mich …HISTORIC UPSETS: By beating Indiana last week, the Buckeyes broke a school record they shared with the 1967-69 teams. Ohio State won the final four games of the 1967 and went undefeated the next season, including a 50-14 victory over Michigan. Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes went for a 2-point conversion late in the rout. When Hayes was later asked why he did it, he supposedly said, ”Because I couldn’t go for three!” The following year, with a team Hayes thought was his best in 28 years, the Schembechler-led Wolverines won 24-12. Since then, Michigan’s biggest upset was a 13-9 win in 1996 as a 17-point underdog.SEEKING REDEMPTION: Ohio State has won eight of the last nine meetings with the lone loss coming two years ago in Ann Arbor. When Miller was a freshman on a team that had seven losses under interim coach Luke Fickell – the most since 1897, the quarterback overthrew a wide-open DeVier Posey in the final minute for what could have been a game-winning 76-yard touchdown.”It was heartbreaking,” safety C.J. Barnett said. ”We let the great state of Ohio down.”Now the Buckeyes get another chance to win at Michigan.DISTRACTED BUCKS?: Ohio State has already clinched a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game

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Looking ahead to college football: Week 14?s cornucopia of games to watch (Dr. Saturday)

Ohio State at Michigan (TBD) – Easily the toughest game on the Buckeyes’ schedule, this trip to Ann Arbor – where they lost in 2011 – could decide whether Urban Meyer runs his record as OSU coach to 24-0 or falls short of the BCS title game.

Ohio lags neighbors in tourism marketing

The sun setting over a lake. A roaring river. A summer festival. A football Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Throw in a soothing voice-over from actor Tim Allen and you have the Pure Michigan tourism commercial the State Up North has been airing on national TV since 2009.

Michigan Football Recruiting: Coveted 2014 WR Impressed by Visit to Ann Arbor

Dominique Booth, a 2014 wide receiver recruit from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana received his first offer yesterday from the Spartans of Michigan State.
While an exciting and impressive achievement, it was Booth’s visit to Ann Arbor later that …

Tressel forecasts another win vs. Michigan

Jim Tressel began his career as Ohio State’s coach with a famous promise about the Buckeyes’ archrival, Michigan.

Who could forget what Tressel told the Buckeyes faithful at a basketball game the day he was hired in January 2001?

“I …

College Football: Jim Tressel’s Punishment Fits the Crime

I am a Notre Dame graduate living near Ann Arbor, Michigan, so naturally I hear the Buckeye hate-mongers endlessly spew on about Ohio State as a know-nothing party school that is the biggest cheater ever.

On the other hand, two …

Rich Rodriguez: If Michigan Fires Him, Where Should He Coach in 2011?

Rich Rodriguez is still the head coach at Michigan…at least for now.
After three years in Ann Arbor, it might be time for the Wolverines and Rodriguez to part ways.
He’s been disappointing from start to finish, compiling a 15-21 …

The Battle for Justin Boren: A View From Two Worlds

House Divided

As a Michigan author writing to a predominatly Buckeye audience, I have to approach things from a unique view. Many of my close friends are OSU fans and most of the year, we’re friends. Most of the year. We’ll comment …

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