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Last game: On Nov. 18, Ohio State beat Illinois 52-14, and Michigan lost 24-10 at Wisconsin.
Coaches: Ohio State's Urban Meyer is 70-8 in his sixth season. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is 28-9 in his third season.
Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes rank fourth in the nation in total offense (546.2 yards per game) and eighth in total defense (291.5). … Running back J.K. Dobbins is 149 rushing yards away from breaking Maurice Clarett's freshman school record of 1,237 yards. … This is Ohio State's 700th game in the Big Ten. It has the same number of victories as Michigan (503). … K.J. Hill leads the Buckeyes with 49 receptions (466 yards). Parris Campbell leads the team with 518 receiving yards (35 catches). Johnnie Dixon leads the receivers with eight touchdowns (17-413).
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Michigan notes: Junior safety Tyree Kinnel, a Wayne grad, and fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray, a Trotwood-Madison grad, start for the Wolverines. Kinnel ranks fifth on the team with 63 tackles. He has two interceptions. McCray ranks fourth on the team with 64 tackles and has five sacks. This is Senior Day for McCray. … Karan Higdon (79.5 yards per game), Ty Isaac (60.9) and Chris Evans (54.0) lead the ground game. … Sean McKeon (27 receptions for 279 yards) and Grant Perry (24-298) lead the team in receptions.
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Quoted: "It's never what you expect," said Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard about the rivalry with Michigan. "Rankings don't matter. Nothing else matters. Previous records don't matter. It's a one-game season because the most important thing in our lives is winning this game for the guys that did it before us. We're not focusing on anything in the future, anything in the past. We're focused on this game and putting our all into it."
Next game: At 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, Ohio State will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship in Indianapolis..
Prediction: Ohio State 32, Michigan 24