Welcome to Gleitman’s Gameday Guide, presented by Steamboat Dry Goods, a quick-hitting resource for fans on Buckeye Scoop as they prepare for the upcoming Ohio State game and the national slate of college football each week.

This guide will include my five players who must step up each week for the Buckeyes to win, score prediction and how it plays out, and “brave and bold” predictions for the upcoming contest. Additionally, I’ll look at the national and Big Ten games to let you know my picks (straight up and vs. the spread), as well as who I am picking as my four teams to advance to the College Football Playoff each week.

This week, Gleitman’s Gameday Guide looks at the Buckeyes next game, THE GAME, at Michigan, as well as the rest of college football in week 13.

FIVE PLAYERS WHO MUST STEP UP FOR OHIO STATE TO WIN

The Buckeyes are a 8-point favorites in this one, as Michigan is a good team at 10-1 and this is a rivalry match-up. Here are five players that need to step up to ensure Ohio State advances to 11-1, earns a trip to Indianapolis, and keeps their CFP hopes alive:

  • QB CJ Stroud: Was lights out against Purdue and Michigan State the last two weeks. If he can light up the scoreboard and not turn it over, this should result in an Ohio State victory.
  • LT Nicholas Petit-Frere:Michigan has an excellent duo of defensive end pass rushers in Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. NPF will have to step up and neutralize whichever one is across from him throughout the day.
  • RT Dawand Jones: See above, as Dawand will have to handle whoever NPF does not draw.
  • DE Tyreke Smith/Zach Harrison: Yes, there are other ends that play, but these two may be participating in THE GAME for the last time. They need to step up to get pressure on Cade McNamara, as well as be stout against a solid Michigan run game.
  • RB TreVeyon Henderson: I still think running the ball will be a key to this game, so it is imperative that Henderson be patient, find the right holes, and go for a couple of big hitters.

GAME PREDICTION

This will be covered in our weekly staff picks, but I want to provide it here as well:

For weeks, maybe even months, I have felt this game was going to be a tough one for Ohio State, and I still feel that way during game week. Win or lose, I think this is going to be a game decided by single digits, and Vegas agrees with me, setting the line at around eight (depending on the book you look at).

For Michigan, on defense, the keys to victory will be limiting the Ohio State run game to make the Buckeyes one-dimensional, getting pressure on/disguising coverages on CJ Stroud, and giving up 3s not 7s in the red-zone. That was ultimately the formula for Oregon, Nebraska, and Penn State in making the OSU offense look human, so if UM if able to do that, they will have a shot to win this one in the fourth quarter.

On offense, I think the number one thing for the Wolverines is to keep Cade McNamara clean. Ohio State’s defense has been most effective when they are getting to the passer and protecting their back seven in the passing game. If the UM O-Line can keep McNamara clean, I think he’ll be able to have success in the short and intermediate passing game, especially against the OSU linebackers and safeties. Additionally, UM needs to be able to run the ball, as that is their strength and it will also help them keep the Ohio State offense off the field. If they are able to have success in the passing game, I think it will loosen up the box a bit for Haskins, Corum (if playing), and Edwards to do their thing.

For Ohio State, the key to the offense is not getting behind the chains due to penalties and negative plays, as well as being efficient in the red-zone. In order to do the latter, they need to achieve balance and be able to establish the running game, which starts at the line of scrimmage against a very good UM front seven. Additionally, the line needs to keep Hutchinson and Ojabo out of the backfield. CJ Stroud has proven he can shred you with a clean pocket but has made some (redshirt) freshmen mistakes at time when under duress. Remaining somewhat balanced, limiting penalties/negative plays, keeping Stroud clean, and converting for touchdowns when they get inside the 20 is the name of the game.

When it comes to the Silver Bullets, it’s the inverse of the Michigan offense. They must stop the run first and foremost. Then they need to be able to get consistent pressure on McNamara via a four-man rush or various blitzes throughout the day. If they can make Michigan one-dimensional via the passing game and get after McNamara, it is game over and likely a blowout.

In sum, I think this game will be very close. I am going to predict Michigan getting out to a 14-0 lead early, only to have Ohio State score 14 unanswered points before a Wolverines field goal before the half to lead 17-14 at the break. I think the Buckeyes will make the necessary adjustments from there and pull away a bit in the second half, outscoring UM 14-7 in the third quarter and 10-7 in the fourth to seal the victory and head to Indianapolis.


Ohio State 38 Michigan 31

BRAVE AND BOLD PREDICTIONS

While the score prediction is straight forward, here are three “brave and bold” predictions each week that I’ll make about things that happen in the game:

  • As mentioned above, I think Michigan jumps out to a fast lead, let’s call it 14-0. This is based on a hunch and a dream I had this week where that scenario occurred.
  • I think Cade McNamara is going to have a solid day, but I think he’s going to make a very costly mistake in the second half of this game. I see the Michigan QB throwing a pick-six, with Ronnie Hickman grabbing it out of the air on a pass down the seam and taking it to the house.
  • TreVeyon Henderson has been fairly quiet since the second half of the Penn State game. I think he has a THE GAME moment in this one, rushing for at least 122 yards, which would be one more than Zeke Elliott ran for in 2014, his first year as starting tailback in this rivalry game.

THE PICKS

Every week I will pick every Big Ten game and a few select national games both straight up and against the spread (LW SU: 13-2; LW ATS: 11-4; TOTAL SU: 120-57; TOTAL ATS: 94-81-2)

  • Ohio State at Michigan (+8): Ohio State Straight Up & Michigan Against The Spread
  • Iowa at Nebraska (+1.5): Nebraska SU & ATS
  • Maryland at Rutgers (+1.5): UMD SU & ATS
  • Penn State at Michigan State (+1): PSU SU & ATS
  • Northwestern at Illinois (-6.5): Illinois SU & NW ATS
  • Indiana at Purdue (-15): Purdue SU & IU ATS
  • Wisconsin at Minnesota (+7): Wisconsin SU & Minnesota ATS
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State (-1.5): MSU SU & ATS
  • Boise State at San Diego State (+2.5): Boise State SU & ATS
  • UNC at NC State (-6): NCST SU & ATS
  • Alabama at Auburn (+19.5): Bama SU & Auburn ATS
  • Oregon State at Oregon (-7): Oregon SU & Oregon State ATS
  • Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-4): OKST SU & ATS
  • Texas A&M at LSU (+6.5): TAMU SU & LSU ATS
  • BYU at USC (+7): BYU SU & ATS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PICKS

The latest College Football Playoff rankings came out this week and the top six in order were Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Notre Dame. But here are my weekly rankings for the CFP heading into this week’s slate of games:

  1. Georgia: Continue to prove they are the clear number one. (Last Week: 1)
  2. Ohio State: Dominated Michigan State. The CFP finally moved them up to where I have had them for a few weeks. (Last Week: 2)
  1. Cincinnati: Another win and this one was a dominating victory. (Last Week: 3)
  2. Alabama: Nice win against Arkansas and now they get Auburn in a rivalry game. (Last Week: 4)
  3. Michigan: Losses to Oregon and Sparty have them in position to make the CFP field if they can beat Ohio State. (Last Week: NR)
  4. Oklahoma State: This one will sort itself out as they play Oklahoma—a win could put them in position to make the CFP after championship weekend. Notre Dame is at 7, Baylor is at 8, Oklahoma is at 9 and Oregon is at 10 for me. (Last Week: NR)

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  1. Welcome to Gleitman’s Gameday Guide, presented by [URL=’https://t.co/zBN9RgnZKi?amp=1′][B]Steamboat Dry Goods[/B][/URL], a quick-hitting resource for fans on Buckeye Scoop as they prepare for the upcoming Ohio State game and the national slate of college football each week.

    This guide will include my five players who must step up each week for the Buckeyes to win, score prediction and how it plays out, and “brave and bold” predictions for the upcoming contest. Additionally, I’ll look at the national and Big Ten games to let you know my picks (straight up and vs. the spread), as well as who I am picking as my four teams to advance to the College Football Playoff each week.

    This week, Gleitman’s Gameday Guide looks at the Buckeyes next game, THE GAME, at Michigan, as well as the rest of college football in week 13.

    [B]FIVE PLAYERS WHO MUST STEP UP FOR OHIO STATE TO WIN[/B]

    The Buckeyes are a 8-point favorites in this one, as Michigan is a good team at 10-1 and this is a rivalry match-up. Here are five players that need to step up to ensure Ohio State advances to 11-1, earns a trip to Indianapolis, and keeps their CFP hopes alive:

    [LIST]
    [*][B]QB CJ Stroud[/B]: Was lights out against Purdue and Michigan State the last two weeks. If he can light up the scoreboard and not turn it over, this should result in an Ohio State victory.
    [*][B]LT Nicholas Petit-Frere[/B]:Michigan has an excellent duo of defensive end pass rushers in Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. NPF will have to step up and neutralize whichever one is across from him throughout the day.
    [*][B]RT Dawand Jones:[/B] See above, as Dawand will have to handle whoever NPF does not draw.
    [*][B]DE Tyreke Smith/Zach Harrison: [/B]Yes, there are other ends that play, but these two may be participating in THE GAME for the last time. They need to step up to get pressure on Cade McNamara, as well as be stout against a solid Michigan run game.
    [*][B]RB TreVeyon Henderson: [/B]I still think running the ball will be a key to this game, so it is imperative that Henderson be patient, find the right holes, and go for a couple of big hitters.
    [/LIST]

    [B]GAME PREDICTION[/B]

    This will be covered in our weekly staff picks, but I want to provide it here as well:

    [I]For weeks, maybe even months, I have felt this game was going to be a tough one for Ohio State, and I still feel that way during game week. Win or lose, I think this is going to be a game decided by single digits, and Vegas agrees with me, setting the line at around eight (depending on the book you look at).

    For Michigan, on defense, the keys to victory will be limiting the Ohio State run game to make the Buckeyes one-dimensional, getting pressure on/disguising coverages on CJ Stroud, and giving up 3s not 7s in the red-zone. That was ultimately the formula for Oregon, Nebraska, and Penn State in making the OSU offense look human, so if UM if able to do that, they will have a shot to win this one in the fourth quarter.

    On offense, I think the number one thing for the Wolverines is to keep Cade McNamara clean. Ohio State’s defense has been most effective when they are getting to the passer and protecting their back seven in the passing game. If the UM O-Line can keep McNamara clean, I think he’ll be able to have success in the short and intermediate passing game, especially against the OSU linebackers and safeties. Additionally, UM needs to be able to run the ball, as that is their strength and it will also help them keep the Ohio State offense off the field. If they are able to have success in the passing game, I think it will loosen up the box a bit for Haskins, Corum (if playing), and Edwards to do their thing.

    For Ohio State, the key to the offense is not getting behind the chains due to penalties and negative plays, as well as being efficient in the red-zone. In order to do the latter, they need to achieve balance and be able to establish the running game, which starts at the line of scrimmage against a very good UM front seven. Additionally, the line needs to keep Hutchinson and Ojabo out of the backfield. CJ Stroud has proven he can shred you with a clean pocket but has made some (redshirt) freshmen mistakes at time when under duress. Remaining somewhat balanced, limiting penalties/negative plays, keeping Stroud clean, and converting for touchdowns when they get inside the 20 is the name of the game.

    When it comes to the Silver Bullets, it’s the inverse of the Michigan offense. They must stop the run first and foremost. Then they need to be able to get consistent pressure on McNamara via a four-man rush or various blitzes throughout the day. If they can make Michigan one-dimensional via the passing game and get after McNamara, it is game over and likely a blowout.

    In sum, I think this game will be very close. I am going to predict Michigan getting out to a 14-0 lead early, only to have Ohio State score 14 unanswered points before a Wolverines field goal before the half to lead 17-14 at the break. I think the Buckeyes will make the necessary adjustments from there and pull away a bit in the second half, outscoring UM 14-7 in the third quarter and 10-7 in the fourth to seal the victory and head to Indianapolis.

    [/I]
    [B][I]Ohio State 38 Michigan 31[/I][/B]

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    [B]BRAVE AND BOLD PREDICTIONS[/B]

    While the score prediction is straight forward, here are three “brave and bold” predictions each week that I’ll make about things that happen in the game:

    [LIST]
    [*]As mentioned above, I think Michigan jumps out to a fast lead, let’s call it 14-0. This is based on a hunch and a dream I had this week where that scenario occurred.
    [*]I think Cade McNamara is going to have a solid day, but I think he’s going to make a very costly mistake in the second half of this game. I see the Michigan QB throwing a pick-six, with Ronnie Hickman grabbing it out of the air on a pass down the seam and taking it to the house.
    [*]TreVeyon Henderson has been fairly quiet since the second half of the Penn State game. I think he has a THE GAME moment in this one, rushing for at least 122 yards, which would be one more than Zeke Elliott ran for in 2014, his first year as starting tailback in this rivalry game.
    [/LIST]

    [B]THE PICKS[/B]

    Every week I will pick every Big Ten game and a few select national games both straight up and against the spread (LW SU: 13-2; LW ATS: 11-4; TOTAL SU: 120-57; TOTAL ATS: 94-81-2)

    [LIST]
    [*]Ohio State at Michigan (+8): Ohio State Straight Up & Michigan Against The Spread
    [*]Iowa at Nebraska (+1.5): Nebraska SU & ATS
    [*]Maryland at Rutgers (+1.5): UMD SU & ATS
    [*]Penn State at Michigan State (+1): PSU SU & ATS
    [*]Northwestern at Illinois (-6.5): Illinois SU & NW ATS
    [*]Indiana at Purdue (-15): Purdue SU & IU ATS
    [*]Wisconsin at Minnesota (+7): Wisconsin SU & Minnesota ATS
    [*]Ole Miss at Mississippi State (-1.5): MSU SU & ATS
    [*]Boise State at San Diego State (+2.5): Boise State SU & ATS
    [*]UNC at NC State (-6): NCST SU & ATS
    [*]Alabama at Auburn (+19.5): Bama SU & Auburn ATS
    [*]Oregon State at Oregon (-7): Oregon SU & Oregon State ATS
    [*]Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-4): OKST SU & ATS
    [*]Texas A&M at LSU (+6.5): TAMU SU & LSU ATS
    [*]BYU at USC (+7): BYU SU & ATS
    [/LIST]

    [B]COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PICKS[/B]

    The latest College Football Playoff rankings came out this week and the top six in order were Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Notre Dame. But here are [I]my[/I] weekly rankings for the CFP heading into this week’s slate of games:

    [LIST=1]
    [*][B]Georgia:[/B] Continue to prove they are the clear number one. (Last Week: 1)
    [*][B]Ohio State:[/B] Dominated Michigan State. The CFP finally moved them up to where I have had them for a few weeks. (Last Week: 2)
    [/LIST]

    [LIST=1]
    [*][B]Cincinnati:[/B] Another win and this one was a dominating victory. (Last Week: 3)
    [*][B]Alabama:[/B] Nice win against Arkansas and now they get Auburn in a rivalry game. (Last Week: 4)
    [*][B]Michigan:[/B] Losses to Oregon and Sparty have them in position to make the CFP field if they can beat Ohio State. (Last Week: NR)
    [*][B]Oklahoma State: [/B]This one will sort itself out as they play Oklahoma—a win could put them in position to make the CFP after championship weekend. Notre Dame is at 7, Baylor is at 8, Oklahoma is at 9 and Oregon is at 10 for me. (Last Week: NR)
    [/LIST]

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  2. [QUOTE=”PurgatoryBuck, post: 408202, member: 3225″]
    Your dream sucked and hope that doesn’t come true.
    [/QUOTE]
    It was more like a nightmare I woke up sweating

    But I have them winning lol

  3. [QUOTE=”513buckeye, post: 408247, member: 4814″]
    I just don’t see where they matchup with us when they’re on defense. I don’t see the offense missing a beat just like Purdue and MSU. As far as when we’re on defense our strength is stopping the run which should help this game because Cade and the WR’s are very very very average.
    [/QUOTE]
    On paper I agree. If OSU can’t get pressure UM will score. Just have a weird feel about this game. Hope I am wrong

  4. [QUOTE=”Andyj, post: 408290, member: 149″]
    If it plays out like this Alex. I’ll be shitting my pants when UM goes up 14-0. Probably will hit the Boubon around 10am PST. Lol
    [/QUOTE]
    Haha I feel you. Just win baby

  5. [QUOTE=”horseshoecharlie, post: 408319, member: 1909″]
    Here’s a different prediction…Buckeyes jump out to a14 point lead in the first quarter followed by meatchicken field goal..14 to 3 1st.quarter
    Buckeyes score two more touchdowns to meatchicken one touchdown..Half
    Buckeyes 28
    Meatchicken10
    Third quarter…Buckeyes score two more touchdowns and meachicken one touchdown
    4 th Quarter …Buckeyes score three touchdowns as coach doesn’t take his foot off the gas pedal…this year! meatchicken one touchdown..
    Final score Buckeyes 63
    meatchicken 24
    On to the championship (Big 10)
    [/QUOTE]
    I like yours better than mine

  6. [QUOTE=”NewYorkBuck, post: 408429, member: 2068″]
    Quick sidebar, but at 94-81 you are beating the vig.

    You are at 53.7. To beat the vig you need to be at 52.4.

    Nice work.
    [/QUOTE]
    It’s been a good year so far! I post my actual wagers in the weekly thread and actually doing better in the games I really bet:

    YTD Total: 111-88-1 up 62.5 units
    YTD CFB: 82-66-1 up 50.6 units
    YTD NFL: 29-22 up 11.9 units

  7. [QUOTE=”Fields1, post: 408613, member: 818″]
    If Ohio State gets down 14-0 they will not win this game.
    [/QUOTE]
    Why not? Obviously hope they don’t and don’t think they will, but why not? Stay cool calm and collected, let your offense do it’s thing

  8. H
    [QUOTE=”Fields1, post: 408684, member: 818″]
    Giving Michigan confidence at home is one of the Wolverines’ few paths to victory. Stroud did not react well to being behind the one time it’s happened against a ranked foe, and that was at home.

    Don’t see that scenario playing out well for the Buckeyes. The last time he was stressed on the road, Stroud led OSU to 6 points in the 2nd half and fumbled at midfield which could easily have cost OSU the game at Nebraska.

    He’s not ready for 105,000 in his face and a 14-point deficit in Ann Arbor. Then it becomes mental toughness and this is a very young individual for that scenario.

    Stroud is a great frontrunner so far. Asking him to come from double digits down against a top 5 team on the road is too much at this stage of his career.
    [/QUOTE]
    Hes going to have to rise to the occasion at some point. Even Fields’ teams found themselves behind at times (Wisco B1GCG). Again not really thinking it happens like this but if they go down 10-0 even they have to keep their cool and stick to the plan. Stroud has to be able to not just beat up on teams when it’s easy if they ever want to win a title

  9. [QUOTE=”Fields1, post: 408755, member: 818″]
    Agreed. Is he ready to do that? I don’t think he is, not yet. This would be Michigan’s dream scenario.
    [/QUOTE]
    I hear you. But I think he’s going to have to at some point. Hopefully for OSU it’s not this weekend

  10. [QUOTE=”Skip, post: 409983, member: 327″]
    I had a dream awhile back that Michigan was up like 35-0 on osu and stroud was throwing picks left and right. I hope getting that out there guarantees it doesn’t happen
    [/QUOTE]
    See now you’re with me—all
    About the reverse jinx

  11. [QUOTE=”Alex Gleitman, post: 408196, member: 9″]
    [URL=’https://buckeyescoop.com/ohio-state-buckeyes-michigan-wolveriness-football-college-football-playoff-week-13-betting-2021-preview/’]Continue reading…[/URL]
    [/QUOTE]
    Doubling down on Henderson with a big game. Think Buckeyes pound it tomorrow

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