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Football 101: Keys to Michigan-Ohio State

Updated: November 16, 2006, 3:15 PM ET
By Bob Davie | Special to ESPN.com

The Michigan-Ohio State game will provide many interesting strategies and personnel matchups, but the most intriguing will occur on passing downs.

Look for Michigan to substitute into their nickel package with five defensive backs when Ohio State has its spread personnel in the game. The Wolverines will have three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs in the game. Shawn Crable, who is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound linebacker, has the ability to align as the fourth defensive ...

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