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Michigan’s struggling, but OSU knows it’s The Game

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Ohio State needed a late interception by defensive back Tyvis Powell, right, on a two-point conversion pass to preserve a one-point victory over Michigan last season.

They are two programs headed in opposite directions, but when Ohio State plays Michigan for the 111th time on Saturday, that becomes an afterthought. In the view of both programs, nothing can threaten the sanctity of a rivalry that both sides consider the greatest in sports.

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Ohio State football: Barrett gets first crack at The Game

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

J.T. Barrett has accounted for 42 touchdowns this season, tying the Big Ten record held by Drew Brees.

J.T. Barrett already has thrown or run for a lot of Ohio State records this season. But on Saturday, the redshirt-freshman quarterback is going to do something he has never done: start in the 111th renewal of The Game with Michigan.

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Ohio State vs. Michigan: Wolverines' steady decline can be traced to loss to Buckeyes in 2006

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Chris “Beanie” Wells breaks loose for a 52-yard touchdown run in Ohio State’s 42-39 victory over Michigan in 2006 at Ohio Stadium in a matchup of the nation’s Nos. 1 and 2 teams. The Wolverines have not held up their end of the rivalry since then.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — All that Michigan football stood for hangs on the walls of the State St. Barber Shop, a civic landmark located a few first downs from where glory once flourished in the Big House. Jerseys of famous Wolverines players and a slew of artwork and photos, several depicting iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, give the cramped room a museum feel. In many respects, the past is all Bill Stolberg, owner of the barber shop since 1974, and his loyal customers have to cling to in regards to their beloved Wolverines.

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Across the ball: Defense is bright spot for Wolverines

NAM Y. HUH | AP

Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden (35), defensive end Mario Ojemudia (53) and defensive back Raymon Taylor (6) combine to bring down Northwestern receiver Mike McHugh.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s official game notes need one page to tell the story of the Wolverines’ season to this point. The front page of the weekly release features 13 bullet points highlighting standout aspects of a 2014 season that has Michigan needing a win today in Ohio Stadium to become bowl-eligible.

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Men's basketball | Game preview: Ohio State vs. James Madison

Notable: Three Buckeyes have double-figure scoring averages: D’Angelo Russell (19.0), Marc Loving (13.0) and Sam Thompson (11.8).

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Scholarships open up for Ohio State football

This time a week ago, the question posed here concerning Ohio State football recruiting was how Urban Meyer was going to stuff a burgeoning class into the 18 slots known to be available in 2015. Some of the answers came to light this week.

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Recruiting: Michigan’s biggest losses are recruits

BRYAN MITCHELL | THE DETROIT NEWS

Mike Weber, a four-star running back from Detroit Cass Tech, has turned his back on the Michigan Wolverines and might be a guest at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

In the middle of the fourth quarter in a dispiriting loss to Maryland last week, Michigan got a punch in the gut from 40 miles away when four-star running back Mike Weber from Detroit announced on Twitter that he had decommitted from the Wolverines.

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Around college football: TCU rolls Texas to stay in playoff hunt

Ashley Landis | Associated Press

TCU’s George Baltimore tackles Texas’ John Harris. The Horned Frogs forced six turnovers in a victory over the Longhorns.

No. 6 TCU 48, Texas 10: Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and visiting TCU dominated Texas last night to stay in the race for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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Women's basketball: Ohio State comes back behind Mitchell’s 35

Kelsey Mitchell’s already meteoric arrival upon the women’s college basketball scene reached another level yesterday when she led Ohio State to an 86-77 win over Clemson in the opening game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Players learning valuable lessons during tough times

Chris Russell | Dispatch

Ryan Johansen, who leads the Blue Jackets in assists (16) and points (24), did not practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight against the Canucks.

There is no silver lining to being 10 points out of a playoff spot by Thanksgiving. That usually spells doom for NHL teams such as the Blue Jackets, even with 61 games remaining in the season.

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