If next week’s rivalry packed slate in the Big Ten is a storm, the set of games in the week preceding it is the calm.
Sandwiched between weeks with high-profile and high-stakes matchups, Week 12 of the 2023 college football season is a relative step back for one of the sport’s preeminent conferences before the season’s most hotly anticipated weekend arrives.
If there’s a headliner among the league’s seven games Saturday, it involves what might be the conference’s most notable team — both for all the right and wrong reasons. No. 3 Michigan (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten), which is No. 2 in the US LBM Coaches Poll, will travel to Maryland (6-4, 3-4) to take on the Terrapins, with Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” on the scene for the contest.
The Wolverines — a 19.5-point favorite for the matchup, according to odds from BetMGM — are coming off what is likely their biggest win of the season, a 24-15 victory at then-No. 10 Penn State without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh. As it was last weekend, Harbaugh will not rejoin his team on the sideline, with the university dropping its suit against the Big Ten and accepting the conference’s ruling of a three-game suspension.
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Since Harbaugh took over after the 2014 season, Michigan has not lost to Maryland, with a 7-0 record. The Wolverines have won their four road games during that stretch by an average of 31.3 points. After a 5-0 start, the Terrapins have lost four of their past five games.
No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 7-0) will look to do its part to set up a matchup between undefeated, top-three teams at Michigan Stadium next week when it squares off Saturday against Minnesota (5-5, 3-4). The Buckeyes (who are No. 3 in the Coaches Poll) lead the all-time series against the Golden Gophers 46-7 and have won 28 of the past 29…
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Author : Detroit Free Press
Publish date : 2023-11-18 11:01:35
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