Ohio State football: 3 reasons the Buckeyes will beat Michigan

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Ohio State football Chris Olave (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

3. The Buckeyes will create offense regardless of what the Wolverines throw at them

A lot of the Buckeyes’ consistent success this season has to do with the success of the run game which has been complimented by the mobility of Justin Fields. It’s difficult to game plan against a team that can beat you in three different ways.

The threat of having to contain Fields in the pocket forces teams away from stacking the box versus J.K. Dobbins and the run game. This run game, of course, is joined by a reliable passing game. The Buckeyes’ receiving corps is a pure mix of veteran pass catchers as well as spectacular young talent.

Veterans K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor have emerged as the leaders this team hoped they would be. Young talents Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson play like they’ve been with the Buckeyes for years. This is especially true in Olave who is as reliable as it comes. He’s constantly making big catches while being a strong contributor on special teams as well.

The Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them this week though as the Wolverines have the fourth best passing defense in the nation.

The best passing defense the Buckeyes have faced is Wisconsin who is currently ranked eighth. Considering the Buckeyes’ romp of Wisconsin, they’ve played well against better passing defenses. The Wolverines have had a top five passing defense every season since 2015.

The Wolverines have the fifth best total defense in the nation which is just one spot ahead of Wisconsin. The one weak spot in the Wolverines’ defense would be their rushing defense.

They’re currently ranked at 13th in the nation. This is a good sign considering Fields and Dobbins lead the Buckeyes’ third best rushing attack. Expect the Buckeyes to find offense wherever necessary against the Wolverines on Saturday.

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