Here are three takeaways from Michigan football’s victory over Ohio State in “The Game.”
“The Game” is what college football is all about. The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes and the #5 Michigan Wolverines played with the Big Ten East on the line. Whenever the Wolverines and Buckeyes play when that is on the line, it is good for college football.
This rivalry featured the “Ten Year War,” which decided the Big Ten champion from 1969-1978. There were games where Ohio State had the better roster yet lost to an underdog Michigan football team and vice versa.
The 21st Century, however, has belonged to the Buckeyes, losing just three times since 2000. This game had weather, physicality and a raucous crowd at “The Big House.”
Today, however, was a different story. The Wolverines dominated the Buckeyes, winning 42-27. Michigan football never trailed in this game-winning for the first time in the Harbaugh era.
On their first possession, the Wolverines established what they were going to do on the opening drive with a 10-play 75-yard touchdown drive. That opening drive featured five runs. The Michigan running game told much of the story.
Ohio State went three and out on their first possession, but an interception gave the football back to the Buckeyes. Ohio State could only muster a field goal. That was one of the stories of the game. When the Buckeyes needed six, they could only get three.
Michigan football did not allow the Buckeyes to sustain drives today consistently.
Here are three more takeaways from “The Game.”