ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The Game has lost its luster in recent years. Ohio State has dominated Michigan, winning four straight and 11 of 12 to diminish intrigue in one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The third-ranked Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) have a chance to change the conversation Saturday against the second-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1) in the Horseshoe, where they haven’t won since 2000. ”This rivalry is going to be relevant,” Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who is from Pickerington, Ohio, said Monday. ”It never won’t be relevant.” Even if Michigan loses, dropping 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series? ”We’re not thinking about losing,” Butt said. ”It’s a must-win game . We understand that. We have to win this.” That won’t be easy. Ohio State is favored by about a touchdown perhaps in part because the Wolverines may be without standout quarterback Wilton Speight, who missed Saturday’s 20-10 win over Indiana with an injured left shoulder. ”To my eye, he has looked better every day,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. Speight’s backup, John O’Korn , struggled to sustain the success the offense was having against the Hoosiers. O’Korn was 7 of 16 yards for just… Read full this story
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