Epic showdown expected for Border Battle

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(13ABC ACTION SPORTS) - Two words provoke intense emotions: Border Battle. It is without question the biggest game of the year for Ohio State and Michigan fans. With both teams ranked in the top three as game day approaches, fans expect this year's contest to be one for the ages. A place in the Big Ten championship game and the national playoffs are on the line.

This is how college football in November is supposed to be played as 13abc presents the 113th meeting between the Wolverines and Buckeyes happens Saturday at Noon.

13abc is the only Toledo station to carry "The Game". 13abc Action Sports will be on the air live from Ohio Stadium at 11:00am Saturday with the "Northwest Ohio Honda Dealers Border Battle".

13abc's Justin Feldkamp, Joe Nugent and Steve Slivka put the spotlight on the teams and their fans.

Viewers will see:

- one-on-one interviews with former OSU coach Jim Tressel and Michigan team captain Chris Wormley (Whitmer HS)

- a round table discussion on the game with Toledo Blade beat writers Kyle Rowland (UM) and Nick Piotrowicz (OSU)

- a feature story on Michigan's drum major from Hillsdale

- Michael Jordan's impact on the Wolverines and Buckeyes

- spotlighting Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh

- head-to-head comparisons between the teams and players

Toledo is located near the Ohio and Michigan border. OSU Coach Urban Myer and Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh were born in Toledo. The anticipation is building. "I appreciate rivalries, probably more than most" said Coach Meyer who referenced his days of the Toledo-Bowling Green rivalry when he was coach at BGSU. Harbaugh insists every game is important adding, "I don't look at it as a pie chart...I love them all."

Saturday's special will include the color and excitement of tailgating, the coaches and game previews and key strategies. The game broadcast immediately follows the Border Battle special live only on 13abc.

Here are some fast facts about this year's OSU-UM game:

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan
Saturday, November 26th, 2016, Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH

TV: 13abc WTVG
Chris Fowler (Play-By-Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Sam Ponder (Sideline)
Tom Rinaldi (Sideline)

Michigan leads the series 58-46-6
Ohio State has won four in a row in the series
Last year Ohio State won 42-13 in Ann Arbor

Saturday will be the 11th meeting with each team ranked in the Top 5 of the Associated Press poll (6-3-1 in favor of Ohio State).

Ohio State has won four consecutive games over Michigan, which is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in this series.

Twenty-one (21) Ohio State seniors will experience their final home game Saturday.

Ohio State is averaging 43.8 points per game, fifth-best in the FBS. The
Buckeyes have totaled 482 points through 11 games this season, the fourth most in school history.

Ohio State has allowed an average of just 7.3 points over the past three games. The Buckeyes lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (88.05) and rank second in defensive TDs (6), third in scoring defense (13.0), third in passing yards allowed (159.5), fourth in total defense (279.8), fourth in TO margin (+1.27) and fifth with 17 total interceptions.
Ohio State’s defense has given up just 12 touchdowns this season and has allowed only four rushing touchdowns, both tied for the second fewest in the FBS.

Mike Weber became just the third Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards after his 111-yard performance at Michigan State. Robert Smith (1990) and Maurice Clarett (2002) are the other two.

J.T. Barrett, who holds the Ohio State career record for touchdowns responsible for (99), is seven shy of the conference record of 106 held by Purdue’s Drew Brees. Barrett leads the Big Ten with 24 passing TDs.

Urban Meyer is 18-1 in the month of November at Ohio State and is 4-0 all-time vs. Michigan at Ohio State.

Meyer has the highest career winning percentage (.854) among active coaches with at least 10 years at an FBS school.