Predictions: Week 12

It's Michigan and Ohio State. It's a chance to represent the Big 10 Conference in the Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2008. Nothing else needs to be said about this game. Take a look here at GBW's staff predictions for how the 2007 Michigan-Ohio State game will turn out.

Not much needs to be said about the importance of this game. The story lines are a mile long every season as these two teams prepare to do battle. What do the experts at GBW see in the cards for this battle between the bitter rivals?

Tom Beaver
After watching the Gameday Boys ... here are my final words.

I'd predicted a 27-27 game yesterday.
Corso says the game will be decided by the kickers ... I disagree ... both kickers are basically 100% guys.

Herbie said the game key is whether Boeckman can recover from last week's 3-int performance .. I like this reasoning more.

I say this. Assuming Hart and Henne are in the game until the end (a non-trivial "if") ... I think the game comes down to penalties and turnovers plus sacks ... and going one step further ... barring big mistakes by either party the game comes down to THE BATTLE OF THE SACKS.

If U-M can get after Boeckman, and not turn him into this week's Vince Young -- which this week is possible (for the M-D to contain and sack him) ... U-M can win.

What effect will Carr's impending Monday-announcement have on the game ... I'm once again disagreeing with Corso and saying -- I'm guessing a lot. I'm also just-pure-guessing Carr said something to his team last night - how could he not? This factor worries me however ... U-M tends to come out flat too-often as we all know too-well ... so we'll know in the first 1/8 of the game if this is going to be a long day or not.

Bret Osburn
It's finally here. The day that Michigan fans have been waiting for since falling to Ohio State last season with a spot in the national title game on the line.

With a banged up Henne and Hart, the Wolverines are going to need their top defensive performance of the season to shut down a balanced Ohio State offense that is more than capable of hitting the big play at any time.

Whoever lines up at running back for Michigan must control the pace of the game, and the Wolverines receivers need to make things easy for whoever is throwing the rock around.

Can the Wolverines upset Ohio State and return to the Rose Bowl for the second straight season?
Prediction: 24-22 Michigan

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