Blowout Win Elevates Ohio State
No one, and I mean no one, expected this.
It is dubbed “The Game” and is considered the best rivalry in all of college sports. Coming into it, the #8 Michigan Wolverines (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) were one win away from a spot in the Big Ten championship game against #21 Northwestern next week and a favorable spot in the CFP.
Instead, it was their hated rival #6 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) that put a serious cramp in those plans thanks to a 62-39 walloping by the Buckeyes.
The season for the Buckeyes has been anything but normal. It started with the ugly saga that was the Zach Smith dismissal, the midseason inconsistency on both sides of the ball, as well as the ongoing health concerns of head coach Urban Meyer. But the Buckeyes now have a prime opportunity to make a very convincing case of entering the CFP with this win and a Big Ten title game victory over Northwestern.
For the Wolverines, head coach Jim Harbaugh is now 0-4 against Ohio State and the moans/groans of the part of the fan base that is in favor of moving on from Harbaugh will probably grow in volume.
The Wolverines definitely blew it here and there is not much of a silver lining that can come from a loss such as this other than the team having a 10-win season.