Well, here we go. After a year of hearing about their first loss to Michigan in almost a decade, it’s time for the Ohio State football team to try to bring the universe back into balance.
As always, this will be of national interest, but this year there is even more preparation for the implications it will have with the College Football Playoffs. It’s a top three match, pitting No. 2 Ohio State against No. 3 Michigan, and the winner is in for a lot more fun in the weeks to come.
We know you’ll be tuned in for this one, so we’ve got everything you need to know to help you find The Game. Whether you want to watch, stream or just get to know some important players and injury news, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s have a fun ride and hope for a scarlet and gray day.
When and where to tune in to watch the game
Ohio State vs. Michigan Injury Notes
11/19/2022; College Park, MD, USA; The Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) carries the ball against the Maryland Terrapins in the second quarter of their Big Ten game at SECU Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
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Ohio State folks don’t release a traditional injury report, but we got the “Availability Report” this morning. This is what it looks like.
TreVeyon Henderson (running back) – Henderson came back after dealing with a nagging injury against Maryland but left mid-game and was seen with a hiking boot. He is not available for Michigan.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Reports surfaced a few weeks ago that the Michigan game would be the best scenario for a JSN return from a hamstring injury. No dice. He is not available for The Game.
game time decision
Matt Jones (right guard) – Jones has an undisclosed injury and is a game-time decision. He missed time a couple of weeks ago but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t fit for the biggest game of his career if he was even remotely effective.
Miyan Williams – Miyan missed last week but will be back in the lineup against Michigan. His bloody running style could come in handy against an evil defensive line. But how healthy is he? We’ll probably find out how many touches he gets against newcomer Dallan Hayden.
Blake Corum – The biggest injury news comes through a status update from the Michigan running back. According to multiple reports, it looks like Corum is about to try it with a bruised knee. How healthy he is remains to be seen.
Donovan Edwards – Unless Corum gets close to 100%, Michigan would happily lean on sophomore running back Donovan Edwards. However, we don’t really know his status as he missed the game against Illinois with an undisclosed injury. We can only consider his availability in the air against Ohio State.
In addition to Edwards, there are also question marks on the guard Trevor Keegantight end Luke Schonmacherand defensive end Mike Morris.
players to watch
11/12/2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Dallan Hayden (5) runs for the touchdown in the first quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallan Hayden, running back With injuries in the running back room over the past few weeks, Hayden has had a much-needed shot in the arm. The newcomer has eclipsed the century mark for consecutive weeks and could lean heavily into this one.
100 rush attempts for 503 yards (5.0 average), 5 TDs
JJ McCarthy, Quarterback – I have already put it on record and I will stress it again; Keep an eye out for more designed runs for McCarthy. He’s struggling to get the ball across the field, but he may need to step out and if so, use his arm – and more importantly – his legs. Michigan likely held back some of that for Ohio State, and with Blake Corum’s ability to be himself, the Wolverines will most likely want to put yards on the ground in other ways.
165 of 247 (66.8%) for 1,952 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs
49 rushes for 213 yards (4.3 average), 3 TDs
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