By Matt Natali
Expecting an Ohio State fan to root for Michigan (and vice versa) is like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube: It’s impossible. But the only ranked team remaining on Ohio State’s schedule is No. 22 Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten).
It is in Ohio State’s best interest for Michigan to not lose another game before “The Game” on Nov. 30.
The Wolverines struggled in back-to-back weeks against Akron and Connecticut and lost a four-overtime thriller to Penn State at Happy Valley on Oct. 12. Michigan has in-state rival Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) next week, No. 24 Nebraska (5-0, 2-0) on Nov. 9, and is on the road at Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) and Iowa (4-3, 1-2) before welcoming the Buckeyes to the “Big House”.
While Michigan’s remaining schedule prior to “The Game” is manageable, it is possible to see a Wolverines lapse in there considering the 2013 track record thus far, particularly this week against Michigan State.