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Rivalry week playing major role in Big Ten Conference race

Posted: 7:02 PM, Nov 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-22 00:02:53Z

Michigan has lost to Ohio State each of the last six seasons but heads into this year’s game as a four-point favorite.

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) has looked more vulnerable than its record suggests, as the Buckeyes got  trounced 49-20 by Purdue  last month and eked out a  52-51 overtime victory over Maryland  last week. Michigan (10-1, 8-0) has won 10 straight since a  season-opening 24-17 loss  at Notre Dame.

Michigan  leads all Football Bowl Subdivision teams  in total defense, while Ohio State  ranks second  in total offense.