Good start for Michigan defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- More than a few Michigan fans had to be holding their breath when Rich Rodriguez decided to defer after winning the pregame coin toss.

The Wolverines were going to put their defense on the field first, against the Big Ten's No. 2 scoring offense?

The plan has worked so far, as Michigan has held Ohio State without a first down on the first two series. Michigan already is tackling much better than it did a week ago against Wisconsin, and the Wolverines have a forced fumble and recorded two tackles for loss.

Ohio State is going conservative early in this one, not stretching the field.