Ohio State Football: 6 Reasons OSU Will Beat Michigan

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Nov 21, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock (15) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Jake Rudock’s So-Called Successes

Michigan fans are ready to turn Jake Rudock into the second coming of Jim Harbaugh–the quarterback version– after the numbers the senior’s compiled the past month. Much is made of his emergence, but many of his successes have come against mediocre to below-average teams. Just look at Michigan’s last three road games. Ruddock had impressive stats against Minnesota, Indiana and Penn State. While fine programs, these schools are hardly the cream of the crop in the Big Ten.

Plus, those teams don’t boast the future NFL talent of the Buckeyes, led by defensive end Joey Bosa.

The last time Rudock faced a team actually worth a darn, he played just OK in the infamous botched punt against Michigan State. Rudock was 15-of-25 for 168 yards.

In Week 1, Michigan played Utah, and Rudock threw for 279 yards and two scores, but he also threw three interceptions.

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Ruddock isn’t perfect, and Ohio State’s defense is good enough to force the senior into making some mistakes.