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Michigan's players, most notably the Ohio natives, plan to walk the fine line of playing with emotion at Ohio State Saturday.

Michigan's players, most notably the Ohio natives, plan to walk the fine line of playing with emotion at Ohio State Saturday.

A Michigan roster littered with Ohio natives, more than just a win will be on the line Saturday in Columbus.

Michigan (10-1, 6-1) and Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) will kick things off at noon in round two of Urban Meyer vs. Jim Harbaugh.

For several Wolverines, going back to their home state will bring a bag of mixed feelings on the field.

The key? Staying in check.

"Football is an emotional game," senior guard Kyle Kalis said Monday. "You can't just go out there and be a robot. 

"Emotions are going to play a part and sometimes your emotions get the best of you and that's the way it is sometimes."

Kalis, a former Ohio State commitment in high school, has been tested in that regard throughout his career, not just against the Buckeyes.

Admittedly matured, as he put it, a more refined Kalis will have the support of fellow senior and California native Erik Magnuson posted next to him at right tackle.

"I'll hold him down," Magnuson added with a smile. "Calm him down."

According to Pickerington, Ohio native Jake Butt, keeping emotions in check for this game begin and end within himself, walking that fine line knowing when it's good energy, and bad.

"I think you can kind of self regulate a little bit," Butt said. "I remember my freshman year I came into practice and Coach Hoke whispered something into my ear that got me really fired up and I was running faster than I had the whole entire season the whole entire week of practice and I had one of my best games of my career that week. 

"Every guy is different but what each person has to do is make sure they're ready to play and we're going to need to be at our best that game."


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