Ohio State at Michigan RJ Young live tailgate setup

It doesn’t get any bigger than The Game.

So, as Ohio State and Michigan take the field for the latest edition of college football’s biggest rivalry, we’re following along right here with a special Live Tailgate edition of “The Number One College Football Show.”

I’m joined by two special guests: Former Michigan running back Chris Howard, who played alongside FOX Sports’ Charles Woodson on the Wolverines’ 1997 national championship team, and former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells, who rushed for nearly 3,400 yards across three seasons.

Howard and Wells are here to provide live analysis of all the action on the field, share stories from their playing days and undoubtedly provide plenty of insight into what makes this rivalry so great. 

You can scroll below for all the pregame coverage from “Big Noon Kickoff,” and follow along with our live analysis right here.

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan

0:48: That man again!

Kyle McCord found Marvin Harrison Jr. and the Buckeyes were in business.

1:05 4Q: Michigan extends lead

A field goal put the Wolverines up 30-24, and the stage was set for the Buckeyes to have one last chance to win it.

2:00 4Q: Michigan is trying to put this game away

The Wolverines appear to be intent on running out the clock in this game, as they have put together a slow, methodical drive. So far, Ohio State has not had any answers, and time is running short.


Kyle McCord found Marvin Harrison and Ohio State responded with a 14-yard touchdown to pull within 27-24. The Buckeyes marched 65 yards on eight plays, chewing nearly four minutes off the clock.

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. breaks open for a 14-yard TD

STORY TIME: A Tom Brady tale

Chris Howard played with Tom Brady at Michigan, and he shared a story that taught him a valuable lesson.

Chris Howard shared a story about playing with Tom Brady at Michigan, a tale that taught him a valuable lesson

14:55 4Q: A trick play … and Michigan extends lead

Sherrone Moore opened the fourth quarter by rolling the dice with a trick play, and it worked beautifully. Tailback Donovan Edwards took the pitch and tossed a 34-yard completion to Colston Loveland, moving the ball deep into Ohio State territory.

The Buckeyes held Michigan to a field goal, and get the ball back trailing 27-17.


J.J. McCarthy and the Wolverines had an impressive response on the ensuing drive. McCarthy used his legs to soften up Ohio State’s defense, then Blake Corum dashed to the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown run.

Michigan’s Blake Corum rushes for a 22-yard TD


Talk about a drive! The Buckeyes marched 75 yards on 12 plays, with TreVeyon Henderson punching it in from 3 yards out to tie the score at 17-17. Ohio State capped the drive with eight straight running plays. 

Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson punches it in from 3 yards out

11:06 3Q: You know where to go when you need a first down

Kyle McCord certainly did, getting a quick pass to Marvin Harrison Jr. and letting him do the rest as the Buckeyes tried to mount a drive.

11:48 3Q: Michigan extends lead

Alex Orji showed some wheels on a long run to open the second half. That set up a field goal, as Michigan pushed its edge to 17-10.

Halftime: Michigan leads 14-10

The Wolverines maintained a 14-10 lead after Ohio State kicker Jayden Fielding missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired.

Michigan has won 44 straight games at the Big House when leading at halftime.

1:11 2Q: Marvin. Harrison. Jr.

Not a lot of guys are capable of coming up with a catch like this. But for Marvin Harrison Jr., it’s just another day.

Should McCarthy have thrown it? Wells and Howard break it down

J.J. McCarthy’s TD pass was thrown through an impossible window. Chris Howard and Beanie Wells broke it down.

Beanie Wells and Chris Howard break down J.J. McCarthy 22-yard TD pass


The Buckeyes got back in it after falling behind 14-3, marching 69 yards on seven plays, pulling within 14-10 when Kyle McCord found Emeka Egbuka from 3 yards out. 

Kyle McCord finds Emeka Egbuka on a 3-yard passing TD

10:22 2Q: TOUCHDOWN! (Or interception?)

There was a huge turn of events when J.J. McCarthy threaded the needle for a touchdown pass to Roman Wilson. On a closer look, though, it appeared that Denzel Burke had wrestled the ball away for an interception. After a replay review, the touchdown stood, leaving Ryan Day quite upset.

J.J. McCarthy throws a 22-yard TD to Roman Wilson

Talking traditions

Howard and Wells took time to discuss their favorite college traditions.

Ohio State & Michigan traditions with RJ Young, Beanie Wells and Chris Howard

14:12 2Q: Corum converts

It’s hard to go wrong by giving the ball to Blake Corum in a short-yardage situation, and the veteran came through with a big conversion on fourth down.

2:13 1Q: Ohio State gets on the board

Michigan nearly picked off McCord a second time, but the Buckeyes avoided disaster, continued the drive and ultimately came away with a field goal.


The Buckeyes put up a fight after being forced to defend a short field, but Michigan took a 7-0 lead after Blake Corum punched it in on fourth down. It was Corum’s 21st rushing touchdown of the season, breaking Michigan’s single-season record. He now has 52 career rushing TDs, four shy of breaking Michigan’s career record (Anthony Thomas, 55).

Blake Corum scores his 21st rushing TD of the season, breaking a Michigan record

7:32 1Q: Intercepted!

The first big play of the game came midway through the first quarter when Michigan’s Will Johnson jumped the route and picked off Kyle McCord.

The impact of the sign-stealing scandal

Wells and Howard tackled the big topic that has captured the nation’s imagination: The alleged sign-stealing scheme at Michigan.

Beanie Wells, Chris Howard on Michigan players responding to sign-stealing scandal

Running backs on running backs

Howard and Wells talked about the two big backs in today’s contest.

Beanie Wells and Chris Howard discuss Michigan’s Blake Corum and Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson

13:13 1Q: Smash-mouth

It was all about defense early on in this one, as neither team can get much going.

Here we go!


Blake Corum discussed how his injury last season has impacted his career.

‘It made me a better person’ – Michigan’s Blake Corum

Leave it to a defensive guy to say defense will rule the day. Aidan Hutchinson stopped by to share his thoughts on how the contest will go.

Aidan Hutchinson reflects on his time at Michigan

Ohio State star Marvin Harrison Jr. sat down with Keyshawn Johnson to talk about his season, next spring’s NFL Draft, and more.

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. reflects on his season and looks ahead to the NFL Draft.

Jenny Taft shared details of a recent talk she had with suspended Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, including what he’ll be doing today and his plans for “after we win.”

Jim Harbaugh expects his absence to have little impact on team

Tom Rinaldi reported the story of J.J. McCarthy and how the Michigan QB is trying to carry on the legacy of his childhood friend.

J.J. McCarthy carries on the legacy of childhood friend Ryan Keeler

Sherrone Moore and Ryan Day shared their thoughts ahead of The Game.

Sherrone Moore on the impact of Jim Harbaugh’s absence

‘Waiting all year for this moment’ – Ohio State’s Ryan Day

Derek Jeter committed to play baseball at Michigan, and once with the Yankees, he couldn’t wait to get out of the team’s minor-league franchise in Columbus. “The Captain” shared his story:

Michigan superfan Derek Jeter talks Wolverines ahead of Ohio State matchup

Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord discusses last year’s loss to Michigan. “I think about it dang near every day.”

Ohio State’s Kyle McCord reflects on being winless against Michigan

Former Buckeye Ryan Shazier stopped by to talk about what the Ohio State defense must do today.

Ryan Shazier breaks down how Ohio State’s defense

Bruce Feldman brought some coaching carousel news around Texas A&M and the Aggies’ interest in Ryan Day.

Texas A&M interest in Ohio State head coach Ryan Day?

Want to get hyped up for the game? You’ll get chills from this video narrated by the great Tom Brady.

Ohio State vs. Michigan: Tom Brady gets us HYPED for the biggest game in college football

The Big Noon crew discussed the biggest storylines to watch today.

Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Michigan’s Sherrone Moore have a chance to build legacies

We also have some injury updates …

Jenny Taft gives an injury update on Michigan’s Roman Wilson, Michael Barrett, and more

Urban Meyer explained the gold pants and what they mean.

The fans came out early and brought a ton of energy — and creativity — with them.

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RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.

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