Skull Session: This team up north now controls the rivalry, as Michigan dominates Ohio State and gets the last laugh in Columbus

This past weekend can be summed up in two tweets.

Let’s (do our best) have a good Monday, shall we? … Hahahahahahahahawho am i kidding Monday is going to blow up and we know it. Get through it as best you can.

in the blood. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is in my blood—literally. As the son of an Ohio State coach, I’ve learned to hate Team Up North since I took my first steps. Whether it’s football, synchronized swimming, or any other sport, the Wolverines were bad, and the Buckeyes were good. That’s what I learned. That was what I knew. I never doubted it.

From an early age, my investment in The Game was deeply rooted in that hatred. My parents told me I shouldn’t hate anything. They will say hate is a strong word. But they let me hate Wolverine, so I did.

Anyone who wore cornflowers and blue uniforms was an enemy. I hated Chad Henne, Mike Hart, and Mario Manningham. Denard Robinson, Gabriel Peppers and Chase Winovich. I had no reason to really hate them. The only explanation is that they played for Michigan, but that was enough for me.

Meanwhile, I loved the Buckeyes. Troy Smith, Ted Gein Jr., and Penny Wells. Terrell Pryor, Brandon Sayne, and Dever Posey. Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Ezekiel Elliott.

I could go on with a very long list of my all-time favorite Ohio State players, but before I do that, I’ll go ahead with a point:

Over the past two decades, I never woke up on game day thinking Ohio State was going to lose.

Prior to 2021, the Wolverines have only defeated the Buckeyes four times in my lifetime, in 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2011. I was only weeks out from the first loss, I was 1 year-old for the second and 3-year-old for the third, and left losing the fourth It’s the only loss I can remember. Until then, Luke Fickell has coached this entire season with one hand tied behind his back, and he’s still on the verge of beating a No. 17-ranked Michigan team with a 9-2 record in penalties, falling short 30-24 in Ann Arbor.

Case in point, prior to the 42-27 embarrassment in the Big House last year, I had already experienced one Ohio State loss to Michigan in my lifetime. I know this sounds crazy to those who lived through the Cooper years, but it’s true. With that said, I had no reason to believe Michigan would beat Ohio State. I didn’t have a reference point simply because it never happened.

But then it happened.

Then it happened again.

Because of that, I changed models. It was a certainty in my mind once that Ohio State would win its final contest of the regular season. Now, I am not sure.

In the event the Buckeyes and Wolverines enter the game with the same set of circumstances in 2023 where they’ve owned the game the past two years—two undefeated teams with a Big Ten East title, a trip to the conference championship and the College Football Playoff showcasing streak—I’d wake up thinking Michigan would win.

My body trembles as I type those words, but that’s the new reality of being an Ohio State cheerleader. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have taken competition by force in the last two seasons, with the school bully taking lunch money from a weaker classmate. It is now the responsibility of Ryan Day and the Buckeyes to take back control.

If Day and his team can’t on November 25, 2023, we will experience what could be – in some ways – the latest version of the darkest day in Ohio football history, leaving the Buckeye Nation with another 365 days to date. The sun can rise again.

dominant. How damaged was Ohio on Saturday? Given that Michigan’s offense was one of the best performances against a top-five team in 17 years, I can say that the Wolverines beat them very poorly.

Oh, and Michigan did it in Columbus in front of over 100,000 fans in the boot. In other words, the Buckeyes ran off the block in their own building en route to the program’s first loss to the Wolverines at Ohio Stadium since the 2000 season.

bad. very bad.

The last laugh. Michigan made sure to let Ohio State’s players, coaches, and fans know just how dominant the Buckeyes were on Saturday by celebrating the victory in a variety of ways, from a royal wave to raising the flag on the Ohio floor.

It began when Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy, who scored 290 total yards, three rushing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown against Ohio State, sent Buckeye fans who had opted out of Ohio Stadium early with a wave.

The celebration continued when defensive tackle Mike Morris stood up on the bench on Michigan’s sidelines and began yelling, “It’s all soft!” For the audiences seated on the east side of the Horseshoe.

After the game, some Wolverines players walked around the field with the team’s blue flag with Michigan Block M corn waving in the wind. They planted the flag on Block O in center field at Ohio Stadium.

After this event, several of these players picked up Harbaugh and carried him into the locker room. The head coach said in his post-game press conference that he has a “locker room full of champions” at Michigan and that they — along with his staff — are the reason the Wolverines won Saturday.

Seeing all of this is enough to make your blood boil, but honestly, you can’t fault them for taking the festivities to the extreme. They beat the brakes off Ohio. The Buckeyes didn’t do anything to stop them in the game, so they have no right to stop them from celebrating afterward.

It’s sad, but true.

Say it out loud. Another thing the Wolverines did on Saturday was chant “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!” In the visitors’ locker room at Ohio Stadium after their 22-point win over the Buckeyes.

  1. It would never be cool to be a Michigan Wolverine.

  2. I heard this chant many times when I walked into the Big House last year while covering Ohio State’s 42-27 loss in Ann Arbor and I never thought I’d hear it again so soon.

  3. I hope this video and this song get played inside Woody Hayes Sports Center as often as possible for next year through November 25, 2023. Maybe another 362 days of watching what Michigan is at Ohio Stadium – on the shoe’s 100th anniversary no less! – You’ll finally get the message across that this kind of thing can’t happen again.

song of the day. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash.

cut to the chase. NASA issued Updated pictures of the moon From Artemis’ mission…Monkeys in downtown Thailand celebrate their day off…New York sergeant praised for helping 2017 birth in another match…US-England World Cup match watched by 19.98 million on US TV…Bird flu Lead to the slaughter of 1.8 million chickens in Nebraska.


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