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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (right) will face Ohio State and Urban Meyer for the fourth time on Nov. 30, 2018, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Why Michigan will win ‘The Game’ in November

Rachel Lenzi

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Who will win the Michigan-Ohio State game on Nov. 30 in Columbus?

Michigan will win the annual meeting of the two rivals, in the regular-season finale at Ohio Stadium. The Wolverines haven’t beaten the Buckeyes since 2011, and the pressure is on. Like every other year, the Ohio State game is a must-win.

We asked our readers what they thought, and the vote was a landslide: 90 percent of our voters picked Michigan to beat Ohio State in November. There’s a lot of faith in Jim Harbaugh’s 2018 team.

However, here’s the voice of a dissenter:

But here’s why the Wolverines will beat Ohio State:

Michigan will strike a balance between its offense and its defense this year. The Wolverines have a dominating defense that returns nine starters. It has an offense that has been upgraded with the addition of quarterback Shea Patterson and a move to streamlined play calling by the coaches. The offense also knows it has to pick up the slack for the defense, which practically carried the program in 2017.

Those are the tangibles. But the intangibles are what will motivate this team t0 finally beat the Buckeyes. Finally.

That 2011 Michigan victory was the only one over Ohio State in the last 14 years. The last senior class to leave Ann Arbor with a win against the Buckeyes was a small group of fifth-year seniors in 2015. They were true freshmen that year.

And it’s no badge of honor for seniors to leave Michigan without a win against the Buckeyes.

The Wolverines also have to live up to the words of a legend. At Michigan’s graduation ceremonies in April, former Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson made a guarantee: Michigan will beat Ohio State this year.

He also gave a critical analysis of where the Wolverines prioritize one of the nation’s most heralded college football rivalries.

“To be quite honest I really feel like over the years, in recent years, there hasn’t been the emphasis that I’m used to being put on that game,” Woodson told reporters last month. “Every game has been out on the same level of that game and that’s not the way we were brought up, that’s not the way we were raised around here. And we had no shame in saying it.”

If the words of Charles Woodson don’t motivate this team, then what will?

Again, the pressure is on. But Michigan will live up to those expectations and finally earn that elusive win against Ohio State.