Nov. 27, 2013
MICHIGAN AND OHIO STATE
This will be the 110th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State. The Wolverines hold a 58-45-6 advantage in the all-time series. The Buckeyes won seven consecutive meetings between the two schools from 2004-2010, before Michigan earned a 40-34 victory in 2011. Last season, Ohio State returned the favor, posting a 26-21 victory over the Wolverines in Columbus. U-M has a 31-20-4 record in Ann Arbor, including a 23-18-3 advantage at Michigan Stadium.
The Buckeyes are the most common opponent for the Wolverines, trailed closely by Michigan State (106 games).
The Wolverines hold a 58-45-6 advantage in the all-time series, but the Buckeyes have won eight of the last 10 matchups.
This will be the 20th time that Michigan and Ohio State have played after Thanksgiving. U-M and OSU both own 9-9-1 records when "The Game" is played after Thanksgiving.
Selected as the greatest rivalry in all of sport by ESPN.com in 1999, Michigan and Ohio State will meet for the 96th straight year on the gridiron.
The two programs have played every year since 1918, a streak that ranks 10th in Division I-A for the longest uninterrupted series.
The overall series dates back to 1897, when the Wolverines claimed a 34-0 victory over the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor.
COACH HOKE AGAINST THE BUCKEYES
Saturday will mark Brady Hoke's third contest against Ohio State as a head coach. In his first season at the helm of Michigan, Hoke and the Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes, 40-34, at Michigan Stadium. Last season, Ohio State returned the favor, earning a 26-21 victory at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
LAST TIME VS. OHIO STATE
Unable to score in the second half, the University of Michigan football team (No. 20 AP/No. 20 USA Today) fell at Ohio State (No. 4 AP/NR USA Today), 26-21, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. Michigan held a one-point halftime advantage but allowed a pair of OSU field goals, surrendered three turnovers and failed to cross midfield in the final 30 minutes.
Junior quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 171 yards and a score and added a rushing touchdown. Senior quarterback Denard Robinson rushed for 122 yards on 10 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown run which gave him most all-time total touchdowns in Michigan history with 91, passing Chad Henne (90, 2004-07). Fifth-year senior receiver Roy Roundtree caught three balls for 92 yards, including a 75-yard TD reception, while senior/junior receiver Jeremy Gallon had six catches for 67 yards.
TELEVISED FOR 47TH STRAIGHT YEAR
The annual game will be televised for the 47th consecutive year and 58th overall time.
Since 1967 every game in the series has been televised, including 28 national television appearances.
This is the 27th consecutive year that ABC has televised the Michigan-Ohio State game, with all but the 1995 game being a nationally-televised broadcast; the 2005 game was a split national broadcast on ABC and ESPN.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State (11-0 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) enters the 110th edition of "The Game" on a program-record 23-game winning streak.
Last week, the Buckeyes clinched the Leaders Division title and punched a ticket to the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game with a 42-14 victory over Indiana at Ohio Stadium.
The OSU offense is averaging a Big Ten-best 49 points per game and leads the conference with 530.9 yards of total offense. Paced by senior running back Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards) and junior quarterback Braxton Miller (738 yards) the Buckeyes' rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten, and fifth in the nation, at 314.7 yards per contest. A dual-threat playmaker, Miller has thrown 19 TD passes in nine games and leads the Big Ten in passer efficiency (165.8 rating). Miller's 296.3 yards of total offense in conference games ranks first in the Big Ten. In his last outing he recorded his 10th career game with 300+ yards of total offense, rushing for 144 yards and two TDs and throwing for 160 yards and two scores.
On defense, the Buckeyes are stout against the run. OSU ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (95.3 ypg), and the Buckeyes have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2013. The unit has allowed only one rush of more than 20 yards all season. Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier leads the team in tackles (108), TFLs (19.5) and forced fumbles (4), while also contributing 5.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries. The Buckeye secondary is led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, who are third and fourth on the team with 61 and 56 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs apiece.
Seventeen seniors will be playing their final home game at Michigan Stadium.
Fifth-Year Seniors (11): Jeremy Gallon, WR; Brendan Gibbons, K; Jareth Glanda, LS; Cameron Gordon, LB; Thomas Gordon, S; Erik Gunderson, OL; Taylor Lewan, OL; Joe Reynolds, WR; Michael Schofield, OL; Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB; Quinton Washington, DT.
STREAKS TO WATCH
WR Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 37 straight games, one shy of tying Braylon Edwards for the program record.
Gallon has notched multiple receptions in 17 straight games. He has posted 5+ catches in six consecutive outings.
TE Devin Funchess has a catch in 12 straight games.
K Brendan Gibbons has converted a program-record 141 straight PATs.
LB Frank Clark has collected a tackle-for-loss in six consecutive games.
DID YOU KNOW
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (1,109 yards) and sophomore tight end Devin Funchess (686 yards) have combined for 1,795 receiving yards this season. That total ranks as the fifth-best mark in program history, and the most since 2007, when Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington became the first U-M teammates to combine for 2,000 yards (2,056).
TE Devin Funchess' 686 receiving yards in 2013 are the most all-time by a U-M tight end in a single season. His 920 receiving yards through 24 games already rank eighth among U-M tight ends on the program's career receiving yardage list.
WR Jeremy Gallon is the 10th U-M player to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. The feat has only been accomplished 13 times in program history. He is the Wolverines' first 1,000-yard receiver since Mario Manningham (1,174) accomplished the feat in 2007.
CB Blake Countess leads the Big Ten with five interceptions. He is the first Wolverine since Todd Howard (6) in 2000 to record at least five interceptions in a season.
Michigan has posted 16 interceptions this season after posting only seven interceptions throughout the 2012 campaign.
QB Devin Gardner has accounted for at least two touchdowns in 13 of his last 16 games.
TE A.J. Williams posted the first catch -- and TD -- of his career last week at Iowa.
U-M is bowl eligible for the 43rd time in program history.
QB Devin Gardner ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense (271.1 avg.)
LT Taylor Lewan is only the ninth Michigan offensive lineman to be a starter for four seasons for the Maize and Blue.
The Wolverines have surrendered only 26 touchdowns this season and have allowed only nine rushing scores through 11 games.
Senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner is on pace to finish his Michigan career with one of the highest efficiency ratings in program history. Gardner, who has appeared in 16 consecutive games for the Maize and Blue behind center, currently ranks second on Michigan's career efficiency rating list (145.8), trailing only Elvis Grbac (148.1 avg.).
Through 11 games, Gardner is averaging 271.1 yards of total offense, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 27th in the nation.
Gardner ranks first in the Big Ten and 22nd in the country in points responsible for per game (14.7 avg.). His 2,982 yards of total offense through 11 games already rank fourth on U-M's single-season list.
Gardner's 3,989 career passing yards already rank 11th all-time in U-M history. He needs only 11 passing yards to become the 11th player in U-M history to post 4,000 career passing yards.
Gardner has showcased his dual-threat ability in 2013, completing 176-of-300 passes for 2,509 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushing for 473 yards and 10 touchdowns on 156 carries.
After throwing two touchdown passes against Iowa, senior quarterback Devin Gardner now has 30 for his career, which rank one shy of tying Jim Harbaugh (31, 1983-86) for 10th on U-M's all-time list in that category.
Gardner is 50-of-86 (58%) on third-down passing plays. He completed 23 straight passes on third down through a seven-game stretch from last season's game at Minnesota on Oct. 29 to this season's game vs. Akron (Sept. 14).
Gallon ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,109), receiving yards per game (100.8) and catches (71).
Through 11 games, Gallon has 1,109 receiving yards. He needs 221 yards to tie Braylon Edwards (1,330 yards in 2004) for the program single-season record.
Gallon's 2,440 receiving yards rank fourth-best all-time in program history.
The Apopka, Fla., native has led Michigan in receiving yards in seven of 11 games this season.
In total, Gallon has posted six career 100-yard receiving efforts (three in 2012 and three in 2013).
Gallon led Michigan in receptions (49), receiving yards (829) and receiving yards per game (63.8) in 2012.
After posting six receptions last week at Iowa, Gallon has 155 career receptions for the Maize and Blue, which ranks sixth all time in the category.
Gallon's eight receiving touchdowns this season are the most by a U-M player since 2007, when Mario Manningham (12) and Adrian Arrington (8) each posted at least eight TD receptions. His eight TDs also rank tied for third in the Big Ten and tied for 32nd in the country in 2013.
Dating back to last season's Outback Bowl, the fifth-year wideout has posted 10 touchdown catches over his last 12 games.
With five touchdowns during his sophomore campaign, Funchess ranks tied for fourth all time among receiving touchdown leaders by tight ends. Funchess' also recorded five touchdown catches during first season as a Wolverine. Eric Kattus boasts the record in the category with eight in 1985.
Funchess has been a big-play threat all season for the Maize and Blue, posting 11 20+-yard receptions through 10 games. He posted four of those 20+-yard catches vs. Minnesota (Oct. 5), three of which came on third down.
RED ZONE SUCCESS
In senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner's last 16 games at quarterback, Michigan has made 61 trips to the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 44 of those trips.
In total, Gardner has accounted for 31 of U-M's 44 red-zone touchdowns over the last 16 games.
Through 11 games, Michigan has scored on 39-of-46 red-zone opportunities (85%), including 30 touchdowns.