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J.K. Dobbins makes Heisman statement as No. 1 Ohio State blasts No. 13 Michigan (again)

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Another year, another victory for No. 1 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) against No. 13 Michigan (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) in the Jim Harbaugh era. The Ryan Day era picks up right where the Urban Meyer regime left off in this series. The Buckeyes roared past the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon with a 56-27 beat down of their rivals from north of the state border. Behind a strong running performance by J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State extended its winning streak over Michigan to eight straight, sending yet another senior class off without a loss to Michigan.

Dobbins rushed for a career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns. This was the second time Dobbins eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground, and he moved up the school’s all-time rushing list earlier in the game, moving past Ezekiel Elliott and moving in behind two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. In the process, Dobbins may have made his own case to head to New York to lay claim to his own Heisman Trophy.

In a showdown of former SEC quarterback who transferred to the Big Ten, Justin Fields certainly had a better performance compared to Michigan’s Shea Patterson. Fields didn’t have an excellent day with completion percentage, but the passes he did connect on were huge. Fields still ended the game with 302 passing yards and four touchdowns with one touchdown pass to four different Buckeyes (K.J. Hill, Austin Mack, Chris Olave, and Garrett Wilson). Patterson had a rough day throwing the football but also had a 300-yard day (305 yards) but with just one touchdown pass. Patterson was also dropped for a loss of 20 yards in the game and had a crucial red-zone fumble in the first half.

The 56 points given up by Michigan was the most points allowed to an opponent in Michigan Stadium in regulation in program history. Illinois scored 65 points in 2010 for the most points scored by a visitor in Michigan Stadium, but 20 of those points were scored in overtime of a thrilling 67-65 victory by the Wolverines.

For Ohio State, the ultimate goal falls above simply beating Michigan. The top-ranked Buckeyes appear to be locked into position for a run to the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State now will prepare for its third consecutive Big Ten Championship Game. But first, the Buckeyes will sit back and watch to find out just who they will be playing. Ohio State will meet the winner of today’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game, which will crown a division champion in the Big Ten West to determine Ohio State’s next opponent. The Buckeyes will essentially lock up a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win next week, but even a loss may not eliminate an Ohio State team that will end the regular season with good quality wins against a top 10 Penn State and a top 15 Michigan to go along with an earlier win this season against Wisconsin and Cincinnati.

The loss for Michigan will knock the Wolverines out of the running for a possible spot in the New Years Six bowl lineup, so a landing spot in the Citrus Bowl may be in the cards for Jim Harbaugh his program. Harbaugh is now 0-5 against Ohio State. The Wolverines will visit Ohio State next season.

J.K. Dobbins climbs Ohio State all-time rushing list as Buckeyes lead Michigan at halftime

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Ohio State already has a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game locked up, but there is still nothing the Buckeyes would love more than to continue their dominance over their rivals from Michigan (and keep their College Football path as clear as possible). After one half of play, Ohio State is 30 minutes away from extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to eight in a row. Ohio State leads Michigan 28-16 at halftime.

Michigan opened the game with a touchdown drive, pinning Ohio State in its largest deficit of the season (6-0), but a missed extra point by Quinn Nordin allowed Ohio State to take the lead on the ensuing possession. Ohio State has since held the upper hand in the game.

J.K. Dobbins moved up the Ohio State all-time rushing list in the first quarter by slipping past Ezekiel Elliott (3,961 yards) for second all-time in Buckeyes history. Dobbins reached halftime with 4,005 career yards. Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin has more all-time rushing yards in Ohio State history than Dobbins, and it will remain that way with Dobbins still 1,500 yards behind Griffin’s 5,589 career yards.

Since Michigan had trouble slowing Dobbins down, perhaps that is why they felt the need to try untying and removing his show at the end of a play (which was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Big Ten officials)…

Dobbins would end up finishing that drive with a short touchdown run to give Ohio State a 21-13 lead on the Wolverines. Ohio State capitalized on a pair of Michigan miscues later in the second quarter. After recovering a Shea Patterson fumble in the red zone, the Buckeyes were forced to punt the ball back to the Wolverines. But an offside penalty on the special teams by Michigan gave the Buckeyes a free first down. Justin Fields immediately went deep t Garrett Wilson for a gain of 47 yards to the Michigan five-yard line, and Dobbins picked up his second touchdown of the game on the next play for a 28-13 lead.

Michigan has certainly found ways to move the football on Ohio State and they have done a terrific job of taking Chase Young out of the game (zero tackles) on the Ohio State defensive line, but mistakes (missed PAT, fumble in red zone, bad penalties, dropped touchdown in the end zone late in the first half by Donovan Peoples-Jones) are just continuing to haunt them. We’ll see if it really comes back to bite them in the second half.

No. 15 Michigan pounds Michigan State into submission, 44-10

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Shea Patterson threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns as No. 15 Michigan (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) blew out in-state rival Michigan State (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten), 44-10. The Wolverines outscored the Spartans 44-3 after the first quarter to easily keep their momentum going at the end of the season. It is the first home win for Jim Harbaugh against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. Will Harbaugh be able to complete the rial sweep at home in two weeks?

The way Michigan has been playing lately, it is a wonder how Michigan lost two games this season. While Michigan did complete well in a loss to Penn State a month ago, the game against Wisconsin is one Michigan would probably most like to get a do-over in. Instead, a blowout win over Michigan State keeps the program moving toward a possible spot in a New Years Six bowl game. On the other end of the spectrum, Michigan State’s season is continuing to spiral in the wrong direction, and a 34-point loss to its top rival won’t help matters in East Lansing for head coach Mark Dantonio.

Michigan out-gained the Spartans 467-220 despite nearly splitting the time of possession right down the middle (Michigan State had the football for 3:05). Neither team gave up much on the ground, so it was the play of the quarterbacks that would be a major difference. Advantage, Michigan. Patterson had one of his best performances in a Michigan uniform, while Brian Lewerke was intercepted twice and completed 17 of 30 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. Patterson was without an interception. The player of the game for the Wolverines may have been receiver Ronnie Bell, who caught nine passes for 150 yards (although with none for a touchdown).

Bell has more than made up for his one glaring drop this season against Penn State. Coincidentally, Michigan has turned things on since that Penn State game. Since trailing Penn State 21-0 four games ago, Michigan has outscored its opponents 148-38.

Michigan will play on the road next week against Indiana. The Hoosiers lost in a tight battle at Penn State on Saturday as Michigan was playing Michigan State. Michigan’s regular-season finale at home against Ohio State is coming up on the horizon, but the Hoosiers always find ways to keep things interesting against the Wolverines too.

The Spartans will need to win their final two games in order to become bowl eligible. Michigan State will travel to Rutgers next week looking to keep the bowl hopes alive. Michigan State ends the regular season at home against Maryland. If nothing else, the schedule is about as favorable as it can get for Michigan State with bowl hopes on the line.

Michigan scores 17 straight points to lead Michigan State at halftime

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After falling behind in the first quarter, the Michigan Wolverines took charge against Michigan State in the second quarter with a 17-point outburst. A touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nick Eubanks gave the Wolverines their first lead of the day and a late field goal by Quinn Nordin has given Michigan a 17-7 lead on their rivals from East Lansing at halftime in Michigan Stadium.

Michigan State scored first with a short pass at the goal line from Brian Lewerke to Max Rosenthal. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Wolverines responded with their first scoring drive of the afternoon. Hassan Haskins evened the game with a short touchdown run form the goal line on a drive that saw Patterson complete all four of his pass attempts to move the ball down the field. A personal foul penalty on the Spartans gave Michigan a free 15 yards along the way.

Silly penalties hurt Michigan State on their next drive as well. After a Lewerrke pass was complete to Cody White for a gain of 20 yards to the Michigan 37-yard line, the ball moved back to the Michigan State 48-yard line due to two unsportsmanlike penalties on White and Luke Campbell. The Spartans would later punt from the Michigan 49-yard line to end the drive.

Michigan’s defense seems to have control of this one going to the second half, and Michigan State’s offense may not have enough to make a game of this in the final 30 minutes. But we’ll see what goes down next!

No. 14 Michigan continues to roll after pounding Maryland

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There was no letdown to be seen from No. 14 Michigan (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) a week after dominating Notre Dame last week. The Wolverines returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never had much reason to look back as they took care of business on the road against Maryland, 38-7.

Michigan’s Giles Jackson took the game’s opening kickoff 97 yards to get the game started on the right foot.

Shea Patterson completed 13 of 22 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Charbonnet added two touchdowns on the ground to set a Michigan freshman scoring record in the win. Charbonnet set the Michigan school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a freshman, which was previously held by Ty Wheatley and Mike Hart. Charbonnet also has a few more games to add to his new record, as the Wolverines will play three more regular-season games and a postseason bowl game.

Michigan’s defense helped set the tone for the game early on too by driving Maryland back 10 yards on a three-and-out on Maryland’s first possession (setting up a second Michigan touchdown a few minutes later) and an interception by Josh Metellus off Terps quarterback Josh Jackson to kill a promising drive by Maryland. the defense also had four sacks in the game as Michigan overpowered Maryland on the line of scrimmage.

While Maryland’s uphill climb to a bowl berth after a [promising start to the season now gets as steep as it could be (Maryland needs to win out with games at Ohio State next week, home against Nebraska, and at Michigan State), Michigan continues to enjoy its current form. Since falling behind Penn State 21-0 two weeks ago, Michigan has outscored its competition 104-28. Jim Harbaugh and his team will hope to keep this momentum moving forward after taking a week off for a bye on the schedule. When Michigan returns to the field, they will be facing a Michigan State team that has struggled this season and has really found it rough against the top opponents on its schedule (Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State).