Five storylines: Ohio State-Michigan 

November, 22, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at the hot topics and pressing concerns as Ohio State gears up to close its season against rival Michigan at home on Saturday (TV: ABC, noon ET).

On the line: The division title is already locked up, but there is absolutely no shortage of things for Ohio State to play for. At the top of the list is bragging rights over the Wolverines, obviously, but the Buckeyes could potentially make a case for a split national championship if they finish off their perfect season. There's also the matter of building a little extra momentum heading into the offseason, both for workouts for the returning players and in terms of recruiting. And Braxton Miller also has one final shot at impressing Heisman Trophy voters. All those other motivators, though, pale in comparison to simply knocking off a hated rival.

Campaign stop: The rough personal outing for Miller last week at Wisconsin certainly put a damper on his chances of winning the most famous bronze statue in college football, but he's not totally out of the picture yet for a couple reasons. Another of the presumptive finalists struggled with Kansas State and Collin Klein getting throttled by Baylor, and Miller's team still won and remains unbeaten. Quarterbacks for teams without a loss typically fare pretty well in the Heisman race, and Miller has more than enough impressive numbers to garner votes. If he goes out with an impressive outing against Michigan in a high-profile game, he figures to be on his way to New York.

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