Michigan senior safety Dymonte Thomas lays everything out on the line when it comes to Saturday's match-up at Ohio State.

Michigan senior safety Dymonte Thomas lays everything out on the line when it comes to Saturday's match-up at Ohio State.

Not many words need to be said for Michigan senior safety Dymonte Thomas.

An Ohio native, Thomas comes from the city of Alliance, basically a hot bed for die hard and vibrant Ohio State fans.

Those Buckeyes now sit at 10-1 and need a victory over the Wolverines to secure a spot in the college football playoff. Michigan, also 10-1, would surely secure a bid with a win while also advancing to the Big Ten Championship game.

It's game week for Michigan and Ohio State.

"We've been waiting for this game for a long time," Thomas said following Michigan's 20-10 win over Indiana Saturday.

"Coach (Jim) Harbaugh always said play every game like it's a championship game and we know what's at the end of the tunnel for us, we have Ohio State. We always make sure to take care of teams in front of us but we always knew who we had at the end."

Thomas has yet to beat Ohio State in his career at Michigan, and everyone back home never misses an opportunity to remind him of that.

"Oh yeah, real personal," Thomas said. "I don't like going home when we lose cause everyone always talks trash.

"Everyone roots for Ohio State where I'm from so when I committed to Michigan they weren't very happy."

Michigan's only blemish on the schedule came a little over a week ago on a last second field goal at Iowa.

For Thomas and the Wolverines, the loss triggered a different kind of feeling.

"I think we're hungry," Thomas said. "Iowa woke us up when they beat us. A lot of us were upset about that and we know that feeling of losing is something we don't have to feel. In order to feel that way, we have to win."

Calling this game a must win is the single most obvious statement that can be made Michigan/Ohio State at noon Saturday in Columbus.

Instead of shying away from that phrase, Thomas and the Wolverines embrace it.

"At this point both of us need a win for us to go to the playoffs and both of us want to win a national championship," he said.

"The way we look at it is the winner moves on. We really need this one, just like they need this one."


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