The Big Ten has officially announced kick-off times and television assignments for the league’s Week 13 “Rivalry Week” games, the final slate of the regular season.
Of course, the matchup that will garner all of the college football eyeballs is the annual Ohio State vs. Michigan game kicking off from the Big House in that noon FOX slate. With the Wolverines swimming in scandal up to their noses, there’ll be plenty of fireworks in the lead-up before a game between likely undefeated top-three teams gets going. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of other Big Ten rivalries all going on, including on Black Friday.
You can view the full Week 13 schedule right here, via the Big Ten Football Twitter account:
Friday Nov. 24
Saturday Nov. 25
Ohio State at Michigan — Noon ET | FOX
Indiana at Purdue — Noon ET | Big Ten Network
Wisconsin at Minnesota — 3:30 p.m. ET | FS1
Northwestern at Illinois — 3:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
Maryland at Rutgers — 3:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
Michigan has all the momentum on the field
By Grant Grubbs
Michigan isn’t fazed by massive change. Despite losing head coach Jim Harbaugh to a suspension only a day before their matchup against Penn State, the Wolverines defeated the Nittany Lions 24-15. On Sunday, the Wolverine’s Clayton Safie revealed how the win will affect Michigan.
“Now, you’ve silenced some of the doubters,” Safie said. “They’ve used a lot of this as fuel, not just this stuff, but ‘the run game and you haven’t played anybody’ — that sort of thing. Now they’ve played a good team, a really good team. They’ve been able to run the ball effectively and feels like they got a little bit of confidence there.”
Michigan’s run game was spectacular against Penn State. The Wolverines tallied 227 total rushing yards in the win, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Michigan was so confident in its ground game it only threw the ball eight times in the contest.
Despite its adverse circumstances, Michigan’s mind was clearly in the right place. The team only committed six turnovers in the game and did not commit any turnovers. Safie emphasized how vital the win was to the program amid the “sign-stealing” scandal.
“It’s massive for this program to be in this spot,” Safie said. “Ben Herbert, the strength coach of this team, has these guys so dialed in. They talk about it where they’ll get a text like, ‘Workout at 6 a.m. tomorrow,’ the night before. They’re all there. They’re ready to go.”
Hopefully, they’ll be ready to go for that huge Week 13 matchup.