Here are things you’ll want to know about the game when No. 8 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1) travels to Ann Arbor to play Michigan (8-3, 5-3) in The Big House:
1. Kickoff is at noon Saturday in Michigan Stadium, which is the largest stadium in the United States (capacity 107,601). Expect cloudy skies and a gametime temperature in the 40s.
2. These two schools have played each other every year since 1918 -- and 113 times overall. The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 14 games, but the Wolverines have won eight of the past 14 games played at the Big House. Both teams have 503 wins in the Big Ten to tie for the most. At least that record will get settled Saturday.
3. Oddsmakers have Ohio State favored by 12 points over Michigan. Last year, Ohio State was favored by 6 points, but the game took two overtimes to settle, with the Buckeyes claiming a 30-27 victory. It was the first overtime game in the history of the rivalry.
4. The Game is being televised for the first time by Fox, whose crew will be Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analysis) and Jenny Taft (sideline). ABC has broadcast The Game for decades, but a new TV deal for the Big Ten gives Fox the rights this year. Last year it was the most-watched pre-bowl game of the year on any network. See the hype video Fox released:
5. You also can hear the game on local radio at 97.1 The Fan with announcers Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analysis) and Matt Andrews (sideline).
6. Strength vs. strength: Michigan has the No. 1 pass defense in the nation, allowing just 144 yards per game. Ohio State has the top passing offense in the Big Ten (and No. 20 in the nation) with an average of 293 yards per game.
7. Record watch: J.K. Dobbins needs 149 yards to break the Ohio State freshman rushing record, held by Maurice Clarett with 1,237 yards. Dobbins is averaging 7.3 yards per carry, seventh best nationally ... J.T. Barrett is 35-6 as a starter, one win away from the Ohio State record for wins by a quarterback. Art Schlichter was 36-11-1 from 1978 through 1981.
8. Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, slowed by injuries early in the season, has piled up 270 yards in the last two games, including touchdown runs of 82, 47, and 43 yards. He leads the team with nine touchdowns.
9. Expect to hear a lot about ... Michigan running back Karan Higdon, who leads the offense with 874 yards rushing and 10 TDs ... Linebacker Devin Bush, who has 87 tackles and five sacks to lead the defense, which is No. 3 overall in the nation ... and whoever plays quarterback for the Wolverines. Starter Wilton Speight has been out since fracturing three vertebrae in September. Brandon Peters was knocked out and carted off the field last week, and he is going through concussion protocol. If he can't play, Houston transfer John O’Korn will start.
10. Local connections: Michigan has 13 players on the roster who come from Ohio, including starting long snapper Camaron Cheeseman, a sophomore from Gahanna Lincoln, and starting punter Brad Robbins, a freshman who played at Westerville South.