Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
The Wolverines head to Columbus, while the Spartans head to Minnesota.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke notched a victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes last season, but this Saturday he'll face a tougher task in the undefeated, Urban Meyer-led version of the Buckeyes. Ohio State has been rolling along so far this season, banned from the polls and out of the national title picture, but undefeated nonetheless. A second straight victory in The Game would be a nice way to cap a disappointing season for the Wolverines, not to mention the final regular-season game of Denard Robinson's career.
Robinson may see time at quarterback, but if not, he and new quarterback Devin Gardner make for one of the most potent backfields in the country. Along with Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Saturday's game will feature two of the most impressive running games in the country. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Spartans, meanwhile, will be fighting just for bowl eligibility. After last week's loss to Northwestern, a year that started with Rose Bowl aspirations now finds Michigan State one upset loss away from a losing record. The good news for the Spartans is that the Minnesota Golden Gophers enter the game under a cloud of turmoil after leading receiver A.J. Barker quit the team with a scathing open letter to head coach Jerry Kill. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.