NCAA Football Game of the Week: Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines

There are usually several options for the NCAA Football Game of the Week, but that isn't the case in week 14. The Michigan Wolverines will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in this year's edition of one of the greatest rivalries in sports. Ohio State has already clinched the Big Ten East Division, but Michigan can spoil their perfect season.

The Buckeyes come into this game squarely in the College Football Playoff race, but they can't afford to lose a game. Ohio State is a perfect 11-0 so far this season, and are winning games by an average of 40 points. Michigan comes into this game with a ton of momentum after winning each of their last four games. The Wolverines are 9-2 on the season, and climbing up the rankings quickly. Ohio State is a -10.0 point road favorite over their rival in this game.

Michigan Will Have to Run

If the Michigan Wolverines are going to win this game then they will have to run the ball well. Michigan is averaging just 155 rushing yards per game, but they have to find a way to possess the ball and extend some drives. Quarterback Shea Patterson got off to a rough start to the season, but he has now thrown for more than 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Michigan will have to score to keep pace with the Buckeyes.

The Wolverines lost a ton of defensive talent a season ago, and it took awhile for them to figure things out. Michigan has been getting better each week, and they are allowing just 16.2 points per game. The Wolverines have not given up more than 14 points during their winning streak, but they will be tested in this one.

Buckeyes Have Underrated Defense

The offense of Ohio State gets all of the attention, but their defense is having a monster season as well. The Buckeyes are giving up just 10.5 points per game, and they have a superstar on that side of the ball. Defensive end Chase Young leads the country with 16.5 sacks this season, and he will have a huge impact on this game.

Ohio State is average close to 50 points per game this season, and they can score points in a hurry. Quarterback Justin Fields has thrown 33 touchdown passes this season, despite sitting out a ton of 4th quarters. Running back JK Dobbins might be the offensive MVP this season, and has ran for over 1,400 yards. The Buckeyes are not a fun team to deal with.

Buckeyes Continue to Dominate Wolverines

The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated this historic rivalry of late, and it's hard to see that changing in this game. The Buckeyes have been steamrolling all of their opponents all season long, but this game will be a much tougher test. Michigan has been playing much better football of late, but they still have some flaws that will be exposed. The Wolverines will play hard, but will not be able to keep up. Bet the Ohio State Buckeyes -10.0 in the NCAA Football Game of the Week.