The Ohio State Buckeyes football team is in a pretty precarious spot. Headed into today’s game against the Michigan Wolverines, the Buckeyes are on the fringe of the college football playoff picture needing quite a few things to go right to keep their playoff dreams alive. Most of those factors are outside the Ohio State football team’s control, but it all starts against Michigan. You can watch the Buckeyes game against the Wolverines on ABC, or watch Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes football online free live streaming to see if they take care of business.
Kickoff for today’s Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes football game is 12pm EST / 9am PST on ABC.
Ironically, today’s Wolverines vs Buckeyes game is a do-or-die situation for Michigan as well. While the Buckeyes football team is fighting for the playoffs, the Wolverines are battling just to make the postseason. Sitting with a 5-6 record, Michigan needs a win just to become bowl eligible. That’s not a place Michigan football fans are used to being in.
It’s also not familiar territory for coach Brady Hoke. Hoke has fielded questions about his job security for some time, but he was clearly fed-up on Monday with the speculation and tried to redirect the conversation to the Wolverines’ preparations for today’s Ohio State Buckeyes football game.
The Buckeyes news for several days has justifiably been missing defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge. So as we watch the Buckeyes football game today it’ll be interesting to see if Ohio State coach Urban Meyer can keep Karageorge’s absence and the emotional drama from weighing on the team.
The No. 7 Buckeyes, one of several FBS teams with a 10-1 record, have a date next weekend in the Big 10 conference title game. But as we watch today’s Buckeyes Wolverines game live online, we’ll see a team fighting to make the inaugural four-team national College Football Playoff.
Let’s just hope that’s all the actual fighting we see. The Buckeyes won 42-41 the last time they faced the Wolverines football team when safety Tyvis Powell intercepted a two-point conversion attempt with 32 seconds remaining in the game. However, that was after an awful second quarter in which three players were ejected and lineman Marcus Hall left the field at Michigan Stadium with a two-handed middle-finger salute to the crowd.
Today’s Wolverines vs Buckeyes football game is being played at Ohio State, so with any luck the Buckeyes will be on better behavior. Frustrations could be high, however, if Michigan’s solid rush-defense game (ranked 9th in the country) manages to bottle up Ohio State’s ground game.
If you’re not near your TV, you can watch Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes football online free live stream on the ABC Live website. Ohio State doesn’t control its fate in the playoff rankings, but if the Buckeyes hope to have any chance of moving up in Tuesday’s rankings they need to win today’s Wolverines football game.