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BCS Title Game Watch: Buckeyes Need Help

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No. 22 Michigan is the only ranked opponent remaining on Ohio State's schedule. The Buckeyes head to the Big House for "The Game" on Nov. 30. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
No. 22 Michigan is the only ranked opponent remaining on Ohio State's schedule. The Buckeyes head to the Big House for "The Game" on Nov. 30. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

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.