Jim Knowles sounds prepared for Michigan. The Ohio State defensive coordinator expressed confidence in his unit head of the rivalry game on Saturday.

Knowles has helped lead a Buckeye unit allowing the 9th fewest yards in the country. Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (105 tackles) and defensive end Jack Sawyer (4.5 sacks) are two of Ohio State’s leaders on defense.

Michigan’s game plan does center around its running attack. The Wolverines have been led by running back Blake Corum’s 1,457 yards and 18 touchdowns. It is questionable if he will play Saturday after a knee injury against Illinois.

Fellow running back Donovan Edwards is also questionable with an undisclosed injury. Those are two big question marks heading into the big game.

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Knowles’ defense will have to play better no matter who is in the backfield for Michigan. Ohio State allowed 402 total yards to Maryland last weekend. Moreover, the Buckeye pass defense gave up 318 yards through the air.

Let’s see if Knowles has the answers against Michigan. If not, Ohio State might be on the outside looking in on the College Football Playoff.