Will the Michigan Wolverines have Heisman Trophy candidate Blake Corum available for their pivotal game against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend?
Corum left Saturday’s game against the Illinois Fighting Illini with a knee injury. But when partaking in a Thanksgiving charity event Tuesday morning, the running back made it clear he has every intention of suiting up with a spot in the Big Ten Championship on the line this weekend.
“It’s good. I’ll be fine. I’ll be back,” Corum said, per The Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis.
Though Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was noncommittal on Corum’s injury status when speaking to the media earlier in the week, Ohio State coach Ryan Day is operating under the belief Michigan will have Corum available.
“He’s a great player. We’re going to prepare for him to play, we’re going to expect him to play,” Day told reporters Tuesday.
Corum was third in the nation in yards rushing (1,457), second in touchdowns rushing (18) and fifth in yards rushing per game (132.5). Despite the injury, Brown is still one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
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Michigan was able to defeat Ohio State last season for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh Era, thus booking its ticket to the College Football Playoff. But this time, "The Game" moves to Columbus, and Ohio State has revenge on its mind.
“That has not been easy," Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud said when asked about dealing with last year's loss via Eleven Warriors. "Hasn't been good. We'll probably talk about it more this week. But looking forward to the preparation, and our guys have been focused on it all offseason. And during the season, it's always been in the back of our minds. We work it every day of the year. And so the week is officially here."
For Michigan to pull off another upset this season, it will likely need Blake Corum healthy and at his normal speed. The Buckeyes are a 7.5-point favorite.