Michigan football scored a decisive win over Ohio State in College Football Week 13. Here are the biggest winners and losers.
Ryan Day had more to prove during the 2023 college football season than anybody. He needed to beat Michigan football and Saturday was his chance.
Yet, even without Jim Harbaugh, Day couldn’t avoid a third-straight loss to the team he can’t even name (Michigan) or the TTUN as Ohio State fans say, which is ridiculous when you can’t beat said team.
Michigan needed this win, in part, to validate the last two, with all the advanced-scouting nonsense, and the Wolverines delivered, keeping their Big Ten championship hopes alive as well as their College Football Playoff hopes.
Ohio State is still alive for the playoff but just barely. Washington and Florida State winning didn’t do anything to help with the Buckeyes but that’s all secondary to what Saturday means for both programs.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from College Football Week 13.
Biggest winner: Michigan football
There’s no doubt that Michigan is the big winner this week. The Big Ten suspended Jim Harbaugh and it still didn’t matter.
Michigan football won its two biggest games of the season without its head coach. For one, that tells you that Sherrone Moore is ready to take over at U-M (if Harbaugh doesn’t come back for some reason) or at least somewhere else.
Moore wasn’t afraid to go for it on key third-down situations and didn’t make a single game-management mistake. Outside of a few conservative calls potentially, it’s hard to criticize a single thing that Moore did as the head coach.
The defense got exposed a little on the back end without Wil Johnson, but there’s only so much you can do to corral Marvin Harrison Jr. J.J. McCarthy didn’t put up huge numbers, but made enough winning plays and Blake Corum cemented his status as a Michigan football legend.
The Wolverines are one win away from a third straight Big Ten title and they also get Jim Harbaugh back next week.