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Will Ohio State beat Michigan football in 2023? New 247 record predictions say so

Will Michigan football lose to Ohio State? 247 says so.



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Oct 1, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) warms up before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Today, new Big Ten ranking projections were released by 247 Sports, and one team seems to have an intriguing projection. According to these predictions, Michigan football will conclude the 2023 season with an 11-1 record, with the sole loss occurring against Ohio State in Ann Arbor.

Michigan football projected to lose to Ohio State, per 247

We are only a few months away from the 2023 college football season—a year in which the Wolverines are expected to finally take the next step and compete for a national title. Over the past two seasons, Michigan football has dominated the Big Ten, boasting a 19-1 overall record in their last 20 conference matchups, along with two consecutive victories over Penn State and Ohio State, the other major powerhouses in the Big Ten.

However, despite the Wolverines’ back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances and Big Ten titles, Michigan football is once again predicted to lose to Ohio State, who managed to secure a playoff spot last year despite suffering a 22-point defeat to Michigan in their own stadium.

Apart from the Ohio State game, Michigan football is projected to win its first 11 games, just as it did last fall. Nevertheless, according to these new record projections, an 11-1 record (8-1 in the Big Ten) is insufficient to reach the conference title game for a third consecutive year.

247’s take on the 2023 Wolverines

Here is what 247 Sports’Brad Crawford has to say about this year’s Michigan football record:

“Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy will be the Heisman frontrunner coming out of September given how easy those first few weeks are for the Wolverines. It gets more difficult from there, including trips to Minnesota, Michigan State, Penn State and Maryland prior to The Game. Will Jim Harbaugh’s team be able to tip-toe through those four arduous road trips unscathed? Michigan lost two of its last three games in State College, so that’s an important one. And for the first time in three seasons, Ohio State could have Michigan’s number.”

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