For the third straight season, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Ohio State Buckeyes. This time, Ryan Day and the Buckeyes lost to Michigan without its head coach. Acting head coach Sherrone Moore outcoached Ryan Day and J.J. McCarthy outplayed Kyle McCord.
Ohio State had a chance to win the game, getting the ball back down six points with a minute left. McCord drove the Buckeyes into Michigan territory, but his biggest weakness reared its ugly head in the biggest moment.
McCord has struggled against pressure all season long and this time it cost Ohio State a spot in the College Football Playoff. Michigan broke through Ohio State’s offensive line and with a man in his face, McCord fired across the middle right to Michigan’s Rod Moore who hauled it in and secured the win for the Wolverines.
Ohio State fans are not happy with the play of their quarterback in his first start against Michigan. Many are hoping that it will be his last. Even Marvin Harrison Jr. Ohio State’s most important offensive player, couldn’t save him.
The Buckeyes do not take losing The Game lightly and heads may roll in Columbus after three straight losses for Ryan Day. That could mean McCord will head to the transfer portal this offseason.
The Buckeyes went from J.T. Barrett, to Dwayne Haskins, to Justin Fields, to C.J. Stroud, to Kyle McCord. That string of great quarterbacks coming to an end had Ohio State fans trying to remember when the last time the quarterback position was a weakness.
McCord’s biggest moment was his heroic drive to come back and beat Notre Dame, but Ohio State fans are even starting to revisit that game after the outcome on Saturday.
Michigan is headed to the Big Ten Championship game next week against Iowa and Ryan Day could be heading for College Station as rumors swirl about Texas A&M targeting him in its coaching search.
Honesty, Buckeyes fans may not mind moving on from their coach along with their quarterback heading into 2024. He is not absolved from the blame for this loss, at least not on Twitter.
Ohio State finds itself in a very unfamiliar situation, with almost no chance of making the College Football Playoff. Change is coming in Columbus.