Michigan Football Recruiting: 2016 DT Jordan Elliott Commits to the Wolverines

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The four-star defensive tackle was in Ann Arbor for The Game.

Michigan has received a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, according to his Twitter account.

Elliott is a four-star prospect and the 14th-ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2016, according to 247's Composite rankings. He is 6-foot-4, 305 pounds.

This is a big get for the Wolverines, beating off in-state schools like Texas and Baylor for his commitment. It also helps them establish a pipeline to the Houston area, where there are still quite a few prospects they have their eyes on.

As far as what it means in the pursuit of Rashan Gary, it is hard to imagine a scenario where they would not have room for him. He is too special and versatile a talent to not bring in.

He took his official visit to Ann Arbor on Saturday for the game against Ohio State.

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Takeaway’s from Michigan Football’s 42-13 Loss to Ohio State

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Run game woes continued while OSU's playmakers made plays on both sides of the ball.

Michigan Football fell to 9-3 on the season on Saturday when the Ohio State Buckeyes stormed into Ann Arbor and beat them by a score of 42-13.

Here are the post-game takeaways:

Ohio State Watched the Indiana Film

Michigan's defense was exposed in The Game. The Buckeyes ran for 369 yards as a team, led by Elliott's 214 yard, two touchdown effort. JT Barrett added 139 yards and three touchdowns of his own on the ground.

Everyone in the stadium knew that Elliott was going to get the ball a lot following the debacle against Michigan State. The Wolverines simply could not stop it and flat-out looked confused during most of Saturday's contest.

Mix in the fact that the Buckeyes pushed the tempo and it was a recipe for disaster for a depleted Michigan defensive line and unathletic linebackers. There's not much else to be said other than the Buckeyes dominated that facet of this game

Bosa Unblockable

There were a few NFL teams in attendance at the Big House that are now licking their chops at the chance of adding OSU defensive end Joey Bosa to their team in this spring's draft. He had a great game and helped seal the victory with an interception returned inside the Michigan ten-yard line. Bosa also had a big sack of Jake Rudock that forced him to leave the game with an injured right shoulder.

The Wolverines really struggled to account for Bosa and Adolphis Washington on Saturday. Which leads us to our next takeaway.

Run Game Woes Continue

I have been saying for weeks that regardless of Rudock's breakout at quarterback, the Wolverines were going to have to find a way to run the football to win a game like the one they had on Saturday and they just could not get it done.

Harbaugh and company dialed up some creative plays to try to get Jabrill Peppers the ball in space, but there was not a whole lot there. As a team, the Wolverines rushed for only 57 yards on 25 carries (2.3 avg).

Peppers led the rushing attack with seven carries for 29 yards, while De'Veon Smith led in carries with ten for 29 yards.

There are several factors for the lack of a run game. The backs haven't been productive enough and the blocking up front has been poor all season long outside of a few laughers early on. Michigan has to find a lead back and five road-grating offensive lineman to become the offense that Harbaugh expects them to be moving forward.

Fifteen bowl practices will help and that is the biggest thing to work on before now and the bowl game, wherever they end up.

Playmaking Gap on Full Display

The biggest difference between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday was that Urban Meyer's program has more talent and better playmakers right now.

It is not an excuse, it's a fact.

You tip your hat to Jim Harbaugh and his staff for squeezing every possible drop out of this Michigan team that is basically the same roster that went 5-7 last season. They are 9-3. Improvements were made and will continue to be made.

To slow down a team like the Buckeyes on offense, you have to have great athletes on the defensive side of the ball, namely at linebacker. Joe Bolden, Desmond Morgan and James Ross have been steady, but exposed in big games.

When the going gets tough it's nice to have an Ezekiel Elliott to hand the ball to and let him go out there and make plays. Michigan does not have that yet. They will soon enough, but they were not talented enough to play anything less than a perfect game against OSU to secure a victory.

Jabrill Peppers is a game changer, but he is only one man. The Wolverines need a few more of those guys to really legitimize what's going on in Ann Arbor.

What were your takeaways from The Game? Sound off in the comments below.

Afternoon Game Thread: Thanks For The Season

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Thanks for the season, guys.

Well, that didn't go as we all hoped. But there's a lot more football today, from Michigan State-Penn State to the Iron Bowl and plenty more.

Go Blue. I think I speak for everyone here - this team gave us a good ride and fought with heart and pride. Thanks, and hats off, to the players, the coaches, and you, the fans.

More thoughts - sorry, I need a minimum word count - we need to get this monkey off our backs. All the wins will be important next year, but there are two dates that matter much, much more than any other ones.

And finally, I'll leave the last words to Jim Harbaugh: "Realistic expectations for life are that we are going to be better today than we were yesterday, be better tomorrow than we were today. That's a plan for success. So [the key is] simple: just work."

Go Blue.

Ohio State 42, Michigan 13: Ezekiel Elliott, Buckeyes Run Wild in The Game

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The Wolverines had no answer for OSU's offensive tempo and the option on Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 B1G) marched into Ann Arbor and dominated the Michigan Wolverines (9-3, 6-2 B1G) by a score of 42-13 in the first meeting of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh.

OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott had a monster day, rushing for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. JT Barrett added 139 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns to go along with 113 yards passing and one touchdown.

The Michigan defense was gashed for 484 yards of total offense and could not stop the option or adjust to the tempo in which the Buckeyes were playing.

Michigan was unable to get the run game going. Jake Rudock led the way through the air with 263 yards and a touchdown.

The first quarter started with the Wolverines on offense. The two teams traded punts on the first three drives of the game. The Buckeyes were forced to punt to make it four, but a roughing the kicker penalty on Tyree Kinnel gave OSU an automatic first down. The next play, Elliott rumbled down the field for a gain of 66 yards and Barrett finished off the drive with a seven yard touchdown rush. At the end of one, the Buckeyes led 7-0.

Michigan got on the board in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. OSU answered with a nine play, 75 yard drive capped off by an Elliott touchdown. The Wolverines got into the endzone late in the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Jehu Chesson to bring the score to 14-10 at halftime.

The Buckeyes got the ball to start the second half and struck quickly on an eight play, 82 yard drive capped off by a 25-yard pass from Barrett to Jalin Marshall. On their next offensive possession, OSU used a 16-play, 84 yard drive that bled over seven minutes of clock finished off by a touchdown from from Barrett to put them up 28-10. A pair of long passes to Chesson and Darboh put the Wolverines inside the Ohio State 10-yard line as the third quarter expired.

Michigan's drive to start the fourth quarter stalled and they had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Allen, cutting the deficit to 28-13. The Buckeyes responded quickly on a six play, 75-yard drive in 1:51 to go up 35-13. On Michigan's ensuing drive, Rudock was sacked on second down by Joey Bosa and landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and was removed from the game. Wilton Speight replaced him and the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs. OSU would follow that up with a 16-yard touchdown run from Barrett.

Michigan has now dropped 12 of its last 13 games against the Buckeyes. They'll sit tight now and wait for championship week to end to find out their bowl assignment.

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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Keys to Securing Jim Harbaugh’s First Win Over the Buckeyes

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It's time to put it all together.

Michigan. Ohio State.

Jim Harbaugh. Urban Meyer.

The time for talk is over. The Game is upon us. Here are the keys to a Wolverine victory:

Unleash Jabrill

Harbaugh and company have teased us all season. Jabrill Peppers made his true debut on offense against Michigan State and his presence was so frightening that Mark Dantonio burned timeouts on consecutive plays.

He's that good.

He's been so close to busting a return on special teams and has been good in spurts on offense, scoring a few touchdowns so far this season and showing the ability to turn nothing into something.

Harbaugh said "things could get crazy" with how Peppers is used on the field in year-two, but look for it to happen on Saturday. The Game has been home to some of the most iconic moments in college football history. Perhaps Peppers' legacy is cemented Saturday.

Feed Butt

Jake Butt has been one of the best tight ends in the game this season and Saturday has the chance to be a banner day for him.

OSU has had problems covering the middle of the field this year and Michigan should exploit that in this game.

Butt has had nice games against the Buckeyes in his career. In 2013, he had four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown. Last year's game saw him finish with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Jake Rudock has hit his stride as Michigan's quarterback and Butt's production has picked up as a result. The Wolverines will need him to continue that on Saturday.

Contain Zeke

Ezekiel Elliott is a Heisman-type player and by far the best running back that Michigan will see all season long. He was upset, and rightfully so, last week in the loss to Michigan State because he didn't get the ball enough.

That won't be an issue in this game.

Elliott's going to get the ball early and often as the Buckeyes will try to exploit Michigan's recently-leaky-at-times run defense.

There's no shutting down a player of Elliott's caliber completely. All you can do is your best to try to contain him and limit his damage. Which plays into the last and most important key to this football game.

Win the Trenches

Michigan State gave the Wolverines the blueprint to beating the Buckeyes, and it is not just taking advantage of bad playcalling.

The Spartans punished Ohio State up front on both sides of the ball in Columbus last Saturday. Michigan has to be the hammer and not the nail in this edition of The Game. Mason Cole will have his hands full with Joey Bosa, but he did a nice job as a true freshman last season in Columbus.

On the flip side, Michigan's defensive line must put together one of its best efforts of the year, led by Chris Wormley, Willie Henry, Maurice Hurst and Taco Charlton. They have the guys to get it done, so now it's all execution.

What do you think Michigan has to do to beat the Buckeyes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Michigan 78, Texas 72: Not to Hot

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Michigan's hot shooting and Caris LeVert's late-game offense carried the Wolverines to a much-needed win against Texas in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

On Wednesday against UConn, Michigan couldn't buy a bucket. The Wolverines made 10-of-27 two-pointers and 8-of-29 three-pointers for an awful 32.1 FG% and a 39.3 eFG%.

On Friday, Michigan couldn't miss.

Michigan (4-2) converted 58 percent of its shots, including 14-of-25 threes, en route to 78-72 win over Texas (2-3) in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The offensive outburst was led by Caris LeVert, who tallied a game-high 19 points on 14 shots, Duncan Robinson, who scored 14 points thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from deep and added four assists, and Derrick Walton, who was assertive with the ball in his hands and finished with 13 points, seven assists, and five boards. Zak Irvin chipped in 13 points, too.

The Wolverines came out of the gates guns blazing. Aubrey Dawkins opened the scoring with a high-arcing three from the right wing. Two possessions later, Walton drilled a three of his own. Then, Walton sucked in the defense with a cut and found Dawkins wide open in the left corner. Swish. Just like that, Michigan's first three made field goals were triples, and it wasn't going to stop there. Sharpshooter Duncan Robinson didn't want to miss out on the fun and added three straight first-half bombs of his own, including one where he pumped to get his defender in the air, dribbled to his right, and buried a three from the left wing. But Texas wouldn't go away, and Michigan led, 27-23, with 6:42 left.

Then LeVert, who had yet to score, decided to take over. He penetrated into the lane and threw up a floater. Good. On the next possession after Texas couldn't corral a steal, LeVert gained control of the ball and fired a three from the right wing. Bang. Two trips later, he put up a contested three off the dribble. Splash. And, with the final seconds ticking off the first-half game clock, LeVert released a three from straightaway. Buckets.

LeVert's 11-point spurt extended Michigan's lead to 44-32 at the halftime break.

It wasn't the last time that LeVert would carry the offense when Michigan needed it.

For much of the second half, Michigan kept Texas at an arm's length away as the Wolverines' lead fluctuated between 10 and 13 points. However, some untimely Michigan turnovers and Texas three-pointers helped the Longhorns cut the Wolverines' lead down to one as the score was 67-66 Michigan with 4:26 left. But LeVert wouldn't allowed Texas to get over the hump and move ahead. On the ensuing possession, LeVert drove down the lane for a layup and followed that with a nifty move where he jump-stopped near the hashmarks on the right side of the paint, faked a pass back, and stepped through the Longhorn defenders for a simple bank shot. Those two hoops gave Michigan a 71-66 lead.

Then Irvin drilled a contested straightaway three with 3:03 left to make it 74-66.

Texas would not threaten for the rest of the game.

It wasn't a perfect game for Michigan. Clearly, defense still is a concern. The Wolverines committed too many fouls and were fortunate that the Longhorns made only 8-of-19 free throws. Plus, Texas' 6-foot-10, 290-pound center Cameron Ridley, who abused Michigan down low with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting, should have been given a more touches. And Michigan needed a lights-out shooting effort just to defeat Texas by six points.

But it's nice to know that Michigan still can shoot like that against quality competition.

Enlightened Spartan Preview: #5 Mich State vs Penn State

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This is what awaits Quackenberg... 
Sagarin Ratings:  MSU #15, Penn State #42

MSU: 10-1/6-1. Penn St:  7-3/4-3
Saturday, November 28, 2015. 3:30 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium, Columbus, OH
Weather: 40 degrees, cloudy, winds 5-10 mph
Line:  Big Green favored by 11

The ES actually recorded a preview in Chicago... but the audio petered out.  So, here we are with our standard preview.  Hope to be back next week with a preview of the Big Ten Title game... IF WE BEAT PENN STATE

Penn State has a very good defense, but their offensive line is atrocious.  And, the Lion QB Hackenberg has been hammered all year - he only passed for 130-odd yards against Michigan last week on 13-32 (40%) passing... and yet PSU still hung around, trailing by only five points (21-16) midway through the fourth. 

But, Michigan State seems to be back with a force in the trenches... with a completely healthy offensive line and defensive line.  It showed in the total domination of the Ohio State interior.  Spartan defense allowed only 123 total yards to the Buckeyes, while rolling up 203 on the ground against OSU.  The surprise was the solid play of backup QBs Tyler O'Connor and Damien Terry, who filled in for our star QB, Connor Cook.  Each made a mistake, but for the most part ran a very, very well called game by the Spartan coaching staff: a combined 8-16 for 91 yards, 1 TD; better yet, a combined 16 carries for 50 yards.  And, allowing only 5 Buckeye first downs while the Spartans possessed the ball for 38+ minutes?  Domination. 

The refs?  If they did not allow the force-out-of-bounds by Aaron Burbridge that led to a 36 yard completion from Tyler O'Connor - the longest pass of the game on either side - I would have gone ballistic (considering how MSU was screwed at the end of the Nebraska game).  But, the Big Ten crew allowed it, and it was a different crew than what the Big Green has faced this year.  With the football gods on our side, MSU ended up scoring on the drive.  

Bottom line, it is amazing how well you can accomplish a task when you have the right tools: namely, your best, healthy players. 

MSU doesn't need to get fancy against the Lions.  As long as the boys play inspired in the trenches, it should wear down PSU as the game goes on.  I would expect to see a bit more of a passing game out of MSU - whether it is Cook or not.  Regardless, I find it difficult to fathom how the Lion offense will be able to stop the flood of the MSU defense pouring in on Hackenberg - and the repositioning of the MSU defensive backfield with the addition of Darian Hicks helping to create better pass coverage.  

With so much on the line - a trip to the Big Ten title, potential trip to the College Football Playoff. And, Michigan State's coaching has been, for the most part this season, very good.  

Predictions:  ChiSpartan:  MSU (with Cook) 34-21; (without Cook) 24-21.  EnlightenedSpartan:  MSU 31-13.    

If the Spartans win, a variety of scenarios are set up for the Big Ten title vs Iowa - read here.

Your Friday Drinking Instructions Hates This Week

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I hate this but not for the reasons you think.

LGHail already put up 58 excellent reasons to hate our arch-rivals down south, but my antipathy for this week isn’t even about the opponent.

It’s about the symbolic end of football for a season. When it comes down to it, we only get around 40 guaranteed hours of Michigan football to watch per year. 40 hours. For a sport we obsess about pretty constantly, that’s not a lot of football. And if you think that there’s only about 15 minutes per game of actual football being played, that’s roughly three total hours of actual action.

Sure, postseason play means a chance for greatness, and part of being a Michigan fan is expecting greatness and being super arrogant about it, but for me, I really just want to watch Michigan play more football games. The more meaningful, the better, but I just want football. And lots of it.

The end of football season always gets me. Most of us care more about this sport and this team than we do about anything else, semi-shitty children/relatives aside. That’s why I still kept going to M-Ohio State games even in the Long Cold Dark of the last several years. That’s why having a losing season feels so bad - we’re getting robbed of another game or three of watching the team we love play the sport we love.

Bowl season is soon upon us, and Michigan’s once again blessed to be playing in a bowl that isn’t in Nashville or Detroit or Fresno, so that’s a nice bonus football game. But to me that always seemed more like a Christmas present you didn’t expect than the one you’ve been waiting for all year. It’s Ralphie’s dad’s bowling ball to Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun. Sure, it’s nice, but really, you wanted that carbine-action.

You’ll soon see the BYCAPE make its triumphant return and plenty of snark about the 40+ bowl games being foisted upon us by Big Football. And we’re thankful for all of them. But first, what are you drinking tomorrow?

Your Beer of the Week: Shorts Good Humans

It’s the last game of the season. You can’t hold anything back. So I’m going to tell you, as I have before, to drink the best beer there is from the state of Michigan and my personal favorite beer. Sometimes beers try to do too much - namely, be a hoppy stout or a fruity dark IPA or a saison with eight different tasting notes. More often than not, most of the flavors gets lost in the shuffle and one stands out too much. There's a time and a place for that (watermelon beer in the summer, IPAs in the spring, etc) but when a beer is a fusion, I often tread very lightly.

There's a reason the Germans have the Reinheitsgebot, which basically says you can only use water, hops, and barley when making beer. To be fair, the Germans also have a national language institute that officially redefines their language every once in a while, which is the most German thing ever.

But in general, with beer, simpler is better. You don't need 12 ingredients and multiple malts and hops sourced from every farm in America. You just need to use the ingredients right. And in Shorts' case, they do just that with their Good Humans Brown Ale. I've told you about it before, but it's time to go back to the well and just drink the right beer for the weekend.

I said simple but then I'm telling you to go drink a dry-hopped double brown ale. What gives, right? Wrong. This thing is perfect. It is in simple terms a hoppy sweet brown ale. It uses Simcoe hops, which are my favorite hops (think a more sweet, less citrusy flavor - the opposite of Sierra Nevada IPA, which uses Cascade and a few others, or Bells Two Hearted, which is delicious and the archetype of what a Centennial hop beer should be. Simcoe is mellower and sweeter, and when combined with the brown malts Shorts uses, it makes the perfect brown ale which is yes, a little bit of everything for everyone. It's dark but not too dark and has a sweet hop finish. It's so freakin' good. What else would I want to end the season with? You'll soon see a Christmas smackdown (spoiler: Winter Warmer always wins) but for now, cherish the fall with this fantastic beer.

Until bowl season, Cheers, Michigan Faithful!

Coaching The Game for the First Time

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In honor of Jim Harbaugh's first meeting with Ohio State as Michigan's head coach, let's take a look back at how every head coach fared in The Game for the first time.

Last year, I wrote an article titled the same as this one, save for "Last" instead of "First," since Brady Hoke's departure was imminent. 364 days and a Jim Harbaugh hire later, the situation in Ann Arbor looks more promising heading into the 112th iteration of The Game. Others have already pointed out how well Michigan head coaches of yore fared in their debut against the Buckeyes, but let's take a deeper dive into how coaches on both sides of this rivalry fared in their first time coaching The Game.

Coaches Who Never Coached in The Game


No coaches (1879-1890), Frank Crawford (1891), Frank E. Barbour (1892-93), William L. McCauley (1894-95), William D. Ward (1896)

Ohio State

Alexander Lilley (1890-91), Frederick Ryder (1892-95, 1898), Charles Hickey (1896)

Note: * indicates that the Michigan-Ohio State game wasn't played on the last game of the season

Gustave Ferbert (UM 1897-99), David Edwards (OSU 1897)

Michigan 34, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 16, 1897, Ann Arbor, MI)*

It's safe to say Ferbert and Edwards had no idea they were coaching the first contest in what would become one of the greatest rivalries in sports history. The Wolverines dominated from the start, scoring all 34 points in the 20-minute first half. The second half saw Michigan play "for the most part a kicking game, putting Ohio on the offensive." But the Buckeyes failed to move the ball against a stout Wolverines defense. It was noted in reports from both sides that the game was free from any wrongdoing: from UM, "The entire team played gentlemanly and not a single wrangle arose to mar the game," and from OSU, "The game was hard fought from start to finish and entirely free from slugging and objectionable features." This appears to be notable since the Wolverines had faced Ohio Wesleyan a week prior in a game that feature much "slugging" from the Ann Arbor visitors.

Following the first meeting between Michigan and Ohio State, Ferbert coached the Wolverines for two more seasons, including a 10-0 finish in 1898 and their first conference title. He left after the 1899 to prospect for gold in Alaska, where he either scored "a $1,000,000 touchdown" or struggled and became a recluse in the process (I recommend the article in the second link, interesting stuff). Regardless of how he fared post-Michigan football, he'll be remembered forever as the first coach to beat Ohio State.

Sources: Bentley Historical LibraryOhio State Libraries

Langdon Lea (UM 1900), John Eckstorm (OSU 1899-1901)

Michigan 0, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 24, 1900, Ann Arbor, MI)*

Thank the football gods that ties are no longer possible. Lea struggled in the final two games of his lone year in Ann Arbor, tying the Buckeyes and falling to the then-rival Chicago Maroons. He'd leave to return to his alma mater, Princeton, where he coached for a single season.

Fielding Yost (UM 1901-23, 1925-26)

Michigan 21, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 9, 1901, Columbus, OH)*

In the third UM-OSU game and first on Ohio soil, Yost led the Wolverines to a shutout victory in his inaugural season. The Wolverines outscored their opponents 550-0 in 1901 - the first of many "Point-a-Minute" squads under Yost - but struggled to their lowest point total of the year against the Buckeyes. He'd make up for it by beating Ohio State 86-0 - the biggest win in rivalry history - in 1902. Nonetheless, the dominating 1901 Wolverines team introduced one of the most iconic figures in Michigan sports history. During his time in Ann Arbor, Yost redefined the game of football and helped shape Michigan athletics as we know it today. He led the Wolverines to a 14-0 victory against the Buckeyes in 1918, the first time The Game was played on the final week of the season. And after returning to coach the Wolverines for two years in 1925, he retired to be Michigan's athletic director until 1940. As for Eckstorm, he left Ohio State following the 1901 season. This was likely due to the emotional toll of coaching the final four games of the year after the death of senior captain John Sigrist due to injuries suffered against Case Western.

Perry Hale (OSU 1902-03)

Michigan 86, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 25, 1902, Ann Arbor, MI)*

In his two years at Ohio State, Hale's teams failed to score a single point against the Wolverines, getting steamrolled by a combined score of 122-0. From an Ohio State writeup after the 1902 game:

Never before did Ohio State have such a score run up against her, and she probably never will again. Few people who saw the game are willing to admit that there will ever again be such a team as the Wolverines. Anything nearer perfect in the way of a football team could hardly be imagined. The Buckeyes were clearly and undeniably outclassed.

Yet this one word, outclassed, will not explain why the Wolverines were able to make runs of from ten to seventy yards, almost at will, until they had piled up fifteen touchdowns on a team which was, and still is, one of the strongest candidates for the championship of Ohio. The Ohioans seemed paralyzed by the very reputation of their opponents...

Hale departed Ohio State after back-to-back second place finishes in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Edwin Sweetland (OSU 1904-05)

Michigan 31, Ohio State 6 (Oct. 15, 1904, Columbus, OH)*

Like Hale, Sweetland struggled against the unstoppable force that Yost fielded in early 1900s and left Ohio State after only two seasons. However, he succeeded in scoring six points in 1904, the first by any Buckeyes team against Michigan.

Albert Hernstein (OSU 1906-09)

Michigan 6, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 20, 1906, Columbus, OH)*

Hernstein played for Michigan from 1899-1902 before a couple of coaching stops prior to Ohio State. He never topped his alma mater, falling in all four meetings. Unlike those before him, he kept the final score closer but couldn't find a way to win as a 10-6 loss in 1908 marked his best effort. In 1906, the Wolverines and Buckeyes battled back and forth, resulting in a 0-0 score with four minutes remaining. But Michigan added a field goal - worth four points - and a safety  to top Ohio State. Hernstein left in 1909 as the Buckeyes winningest coach to that point in history with 28 career victories.

Howard Jones, Harry Vaughn, John Richards (OSU 1910, '11, '12, respectively)

Michigan 3, Ohio State 3 (Oct. 22, 1910, Columbus, OH)*

Michigan 19, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 21, 1911, Ann Arbor, MI)*

Michigan 14, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 19, 1912, Columbus, OH)*

Under Jones, the Buckeyes tied Michigan for the second time in twelve meetings as both teams traded field goals in the second quarter. Ohio State celebrated the tie as a positive after nine consecutive losses to the Wolverines. Jones left to enter the private business world after the 1910 season.

With Vaughn replacing Jones, the Buckeyes lost any momentum gained with the 1910 tie, falling by a score of 19-0 in 1911. Michigan outpaced Ohio State and scored points in the final three quarters for the win. Like Jones, Vaughn entered into private business after his single year in Columbus.

Richards took over for Vaughn and proceeded to be shutout by the Wolverines as well. Michigan tallied touchdowns in the first and final quarters, and Ohio State failed to create any offense. The 1912 game also marked the start of a hiatus between both schools as the Buckeyes joined the Western Conference in 1913, while the Wolverines remained independent. Richards left Ohio State for reasons unknown, especially since he led them to their second Ohio Athletic Conference title.

John Wilce (OSU 1913-28)

Michigan 14, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 30, 1918, Columbus, OH)

Due to the aforementioned hiatus between both schools, Wilce had five years to build up Ohio State's program before facing Yost in 1918. However, it didn't lead to the Buckeyes first victory in the rivalry. Weather marred this contest, leading to a 0-0 score heading into the fourth quarter. Michigan tacked on two touchdowns to close out the game and hand Wilce a loss in his first game in the rivalry. Though he'd bounce the Buckeyes back the following year, leading them to their first victory over Michigan and a three-game winning streak from 1919-21. He coached Ohio State for 16 seasons, surpassed only by the legendary Woody Hayes in tenure.

George Little (UM 1924)

Michigan 16, Ohio State 6 (Nov. 15, 1924, Columbus, OH)*

Little served as an assistant under Yost for the '22 and '23 seasons before leading the Wolverines for a single year. Against Ohio State, Michigan fell behind 6-0 before storming back and taking the game. Little left to become both head coach and athletic director at Wisconsin, leading to Yost's return in '25 and '26.

Elton Wieman (UM 1927-28)

Michigan 21, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 22, 1927, Ann Arbor, MI)*

After a scoreless first quarter, Wieman's Michigan team scored a touchdown per quarter to end The Game in '27. All three scores came on passes from end Bennie Oosterbaan to halfback Louis Gilbert, with Gilbert kicking the extra points. The Wolverines fell apart under Wieman in '28, struggling to a 3-4-1 record and reports that the relationship between Wieman and Yost had disintegrated. While this was denied publicly, Wieman was relieved of his head coaching responsibilities after his second season.

Harry Kipke (UM 1929-37), Sam Willaman (OSU 1929-33)

Michigan 0, Ohio State 7 (Oct. 19, 1929, Ann Arbor, MI)*

With Wieman and Wilce out at Michigan and Ohio State, respectively, Kipke and Willaman took over and both coached their teams to mediocre campaigns in 1929. The Buckeyes edged the Wolverines by a lone touchdown to give Ohio State back-to-back wins in '28 and '29. Willaman and Kipke faced off four more times, with Michigan taking three, before the Ohio State coach resigned amid accusations of underperformance. As for Kipke, he built the Wolverines into a national powerhouse again, winning back-to-back national championships in '33 and '34, the first for Michigan since Yost won six. However, his teams fell off in his final four years, including two 1-7 finishes, and he struggled against Ohio State, losing his last four meetings to give him a 3-6 record against the Buckeyes. This led to his contract not being renewed following the '37 season. It should be noted that the tradition of ending the season with The Game started during Kipke's tenure, with the first occurrence coming in a 38-0 Michigan loss in '35 (exceptions to this include '42, '86, and '98).

Francis Schmidt (OSU 1934-40)

Michigan 0, Ohio State 34 (Nov. 17, 1934, Columbus, OH)*

Schmidt kicked off a four-game Ohio State winning streak against Michigan with a 34-0 blowout in 1934. During the streak, the Buckeyes dominated the Wolverines, beating them by a combined score of 114-0. However, the roles reversed in 1938 with Michigan's hiring of Fritz Crisler, and Schmidt left Ohio State losing three straight against the Wolverines by a combined score of 79-0.

Fritz Crisler (UM 1938-47)

Michigan 18, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 19, 1938, Columbus, OH)

As mentioned above, Crisler turned the rivalry around and back in Michigan's favor in 1938. He coached the Wolverines to their first points over the Buckeyes since 1933 and rarely lost to Ohio State, compiling a 6-2-1 record in the series that included a 21-0 upset by an unranked Michigan team over #6 Ohio State in '39. He spent his first eight years in Ann Arbor falling just short of national glory before winning a national championship in his final season.

Paul Brown, Carroll Widdoes, Paul Bixler, Wes Fesler (OSU 1941-43, 1944-45, 1946, 1947-50, respectively)

Michigan 20, Ohio State 20 (Nov. 22, 1941, Ann Arbor, MI)

Michigan 14, Ohio State 18 (Nov. 25, 1944, Columbus, OH)

Michigan 58, Ohio State 6 (Nov. 23, 1946, Columbus, OH)

Michigan 21, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 22, 1947, Ann Arbor, MI)

Ohio State ran through four coaches in a decade before hiring their greatest coach of all-time, Woody Hayes. Brown led the Buckeyes to a tie in his first year, the first in the rivalry since 1910. He'd tally a win and a loss in the series before leaving to join the Navy. Widdoes was an assistant under Brown and took over following his departure. He won his first game - a showdown between undefeated #3 OSU and one-loss #6 UM - before losing his second and leaving to be the head coach at Ohio University. He named his offensive coordinator, Paul Bixler, head coach, and Bixler's Buckeyes were annihilated by the Wolverines, failing to score any points until the final minute of the contest. Like Widdoes, Bixler left Ohio State to coach elsewhere - Colgate - and Fesler became the final coach in Columbus before Woody. His teams failed to score more than a touchdown in four tries against Michigan - although the Buckeyes tied the Wolverines at 7 in '49 - and lost his first game in the rivalry, 21-0. That victory helped propel the Wolverines to a national championship and caused Crisler to walk off the field with "tears of joy" in his eyes.

Bennie Oosterbaan (UM 1948-58)

Michigan 13, Ohio State 3 (Nov. 20, 1948, Columbus, OH)

Oosterbaan took over for Crisler and led the Wolverines to their second national championship in as many years. Since Michigan couldn't represent the conference in the Rose Bowl due to rules prohibiting any team from playing in the game more than once per three years, the Wolverines concluded their '48 campaign in Columbus. The Buckeyes suffocated Michigan's rushing attack, holding them to a mere 54 yards on the ground, but the Wolverines found enough success through the air to win. Like Kipke, Oosterbaan's tenure in Ann Arbor started strong and fell off late. He went 5-5-1 against the Buckeyes, including a victory in the 1950 Snow Bowl. After a 20-14 loss to Ohio State in '58, he resigned as Michigan's head coach.

Woody Hayes (1951-78)

Michigan 7, Ohio State 0 (Nov. 24, 1951, Ann Arbor, MI)

The legacy of Woody Hayes goes without saying. He's the most successful coach in Buckeyes history, and the battles between Bo and Woody shaped this rivalry into what it is today. While he narrowly dropped his first contest against Michigan, that wasn't the norm as he accumulated a 16-11-1 record against the Wolverines, tying him with Yost for most wins by a coach for either team in the series. However, it should be noted that 12 of those wins came before Bo took over in Ann Arbor.

Bump Elliott (UM 1959-68)

Michigan 23, Ohio State 14 (Nov. 21, 1959, Ann Arbor, MI)

Elliott struggled to find consistent success as Michigan's head coach, coaching as many winning seasons as losing (five each). The Wolverines victory over the Buckeyes in 1959 marked just one of three in the rivalry under Elliott, and the only win for Michigan at home. Elliott resigned after a 50-14 rout by the Buckeyes in '68, the game after which Woody exclaimed his famous, "Because we couldn't go for three!" quote.

Bo Schembechler (1969-89)

Michigan 24, Ohio State 12 (Nov. 22, 1969, Ann Arbor, MI)

Bo needs no introduction, and this game probably doesn't either. Ohio State entered this game as reigning national champs, undefeated, and ranked #1. Michigan was no slouch, ranked #12 at 7-2, but the Buckeyes were expected to win this one. However, the Wolverines came out on top, and the massive upset changed the course of this rivalry in the process. In the game, Ohio State scored first, but missed the extra point, giving them a 6-0 lead. Michigan responded with a touchdown and successful conversion to carry a 7-6 advantage into the second quarter. The Buckeyes scored next and failed a two-point conversion attempt, giving them a 12-7 lead. From there, it was all Wolverines as they scored 17 unanswered points heading into halftime. Neither team scored in the second half, and the win kicked off the Ten Year War, which Bo won with a 5-4-1 record.

Earle Bruce (OSU 1979-87)

Michigan 15, Ohio State 18 (Nov. 17, 1979, Ann Arbor, MI)

Bruce gave Bo a taste of his own medicine by beating the Wolverines in his rivalry debut. It was Ohio State's first win in the rivalry since 1975 and ended a 15-quarter touchdown drought against the Wolverines. Although he amassed a 5-4 record in The Game, he failed to reach the same heights as Woody. This led to him knowing he was fired heading into the '87 Michigan game, which he won 23-20.

John Cooper (OSU 1988-2000)

Michigan 34, Ohio State 31 (Nov. 19, 1988, Columbus, OH)

Michigan fans probably miss the Cooper years as he struggled miserably in The Game. Over his 13 seasons as Ohio State's head coach, the Buckeyes went 2-10-1 in the series, including back-to-back losses with an undefeated season on the line in '95 and '96. In his debut, Cooper led the Buckeyes back from a 20-0 deficit by scoring on all but one of their second half possessions. However, John Kolesar returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards into Ohio State territory, and after an incompletion, grabbed a 41-yard touchdown reception to give Michigan the win. Cooper was eventually fired after years of falling short.

Gary Moeller (UM 1990-94)

Michigan 16, Ohio State 13 (Nov. 24, 1990, Columbus, OH)

Moeller won his first meeting with Ohio State due to a questionable coaching decision by Cooper. With 1:47 remaining, The Game was tied at 13, and the Buckeyes faced a 4th-and-1 on their own 29-yard line. Cooper decided to go for it, and the Wolverines stuffed the Buckeyes attempt. Michigan would go on to kick the game-winning, 37-yard field goal as time expired. In his five years in Ann Arbor, Moeller performed well in The Game, tallying a 3-1-1 record that included the monumental 28-0 upset over undefeated #5 Ohio State in '93. Unfortunately, Moeller lost his final meeting against the Buckeyes and resigned the following May in response to a drunken arrest.

Lloyd Carr (UM 1995-2007)

Michigan 31, Ohio State 23 (Nov. 25, 1995, Ann Arbor, MI)

Carr coached the Wolverines to an upset victory in '95, ruining Ohio State's undefeated season. Tim Biakabutuka shredded the Buckeyes defense for 313 rushing yards and a two-yard touchdown that put Michigan ahead by 16 points midway through the fourth quarter. However, Carr struggled after Tressel took over for Cooper and retired with a 6-7 record in the rivalry.

Jim Tressel (OSU 2001-10)

Michigan 20, Ohio State 26 (Nov. 24, 2001, Ann Arbor, MI)

Aside from the forfeited 2010 game, Tressel only lost once against the Wolverines during his tenure in Columbus. His first game watched the unranked Buckeyes upset the #11 Wolverines, ending a 14-year losing streak for Ohio State in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes carried a 23-0 lead into halftime, and a late surge by Michigan fell short. He left Ohio State amid NCAA violations but with a six-game winning streak in The Game.

Rich Rodriguez (UM 2008-10)

Michigan 7, Ohio State 42 (Nov. 22, 2008, Columbus, OH)

RichRod never beat Ohio and was booed out of town. The 105th iteration of The Game watched the Wolverines keep the game close in the first half with the Buckeyes entering halftime up 14-7. However, after the break, Ohio State curb stomped Michigan, scoring two touchdowns per quarter en route to a commanding victory.

Brady Hoke (UM 2011-14), Luke Fickell (OSU 2011)

Michigan 40, Ohio State 34 (Nov. 26, 2011, Ann Arbor, MI)

If not for Fickell being a miserable stopgap in Columbus, there's a decent chance Michigan would still be looking for its first win in The Game since 2003 heading into tomorrow. The 2011 shootout featured a battle between Denard Robinson and Braxton Miller, and Shoelace came out on top. Denard threw for 167 yards and three touchdowns while adding 170 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to account for the majority of Michigan's offense. Miller countered with 235 yards passing and one touchdown with 100 yards rushing and another touchdown, but an interception on Ohio State's final drive ended The Game. Two days after Michigan's victory, Urban Meyer had replaced Fickell in Columbus, and Hoke came close, but never beat the Buckeyes again.

Urban Meyer (OSU 2012-present)

Michigan 21, Ohio State 26 (Nov. 24, 2012, Columbus, OH)

Meyer kicked off another Ohio State win streak in The Game in his first year, kicking two field goals in the second half to edge Michigan in a close contest. The Wolverines offense failed to find much success with Devin Gardner at quarterback and Shoelace in the backfield, leading to no points in the final two quarters. Meyer will face a revived Michigan team this year under head coach Jim Harbaugh, and given the fact that Hoke kept The Game close for the last three years, anticipate another nail-biter on Saturday, if not the first Michigan win in three years.


Saturday will add Jim Harbaugh to this list, and based on history, the odds are in his favor to win since Michigan head coaches have gone 11-2-1 in their first game against Ohio State. With Harbaugh and Meyer mirroring Bo and Woody, The Game should be revitalized for years to come. A Wolverines win on Saturday would be a fine way to kick off another Ten Year War. Go Blue!

58 Things I Hate About the Ohio State Buckeyes

November 27, 2015 by  
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Lance Gordon lives in enemy territory and deals with Buckeye Nation on a daily basis.

1. They have a song about how they hate Michigan.

2. The song talks about how they don't care about Michigan, but the hilarious irony is that they say they don't care, but they went through the trouble of writing a song about it.

3. How annoying it is when they spell O-H-I-O. (But sometimes they screw it up)

4. And sometimes they do it in a totally tasteless way.

5. They are arrogant to believe the word "The" belongs to them.

6. They get mad about being called "Ohio", but their marching band spells "OHIO" every week.

7. This annoying superfan who always gets on TV.

8. And this one.

9. And let's not forget the super creepy one.

10. Fans line up in droves to embrace these weirdos and get their pictures taken with them, helping to elevate their celebrity status.

11. They also embrace people who were fired for cheating as heroes.

12. As well as people who were fired for punching opposing players.

13. Decades later, the fans haven't learned to treat opponents better.

14. And they treat coolers the same way, pooping in them.

15. Crossing out the letter "M" is one of the dumbest (duXbest?) things I've ever seen.

16. But if you're going to do it, at least get all of them (like the one in the ALL CAPS WORD "TEAMS")

17. The Evan Turner shot in March 2012 that ruined my afternoon.

18. Anthony Gonzalez's TD in 2005 that ruined a perfectly good upset.

19. The interception on the 2 point conversion that ruined an even better upset in 2013.

20. Casey Anthony is a huge fan.

21. Jeffrey Dahmer attended school there.

22. Cardale Jones plays football there, but doesn't play school there.

23. Andy Katzenmoyer played school...sort of.

24. They won 23 straight games, then lost the 24th, and suddenly have no appreciation of the 23 at all.

25. ESPN's love affair with Aaron Craft.

26. How their fans universally say "ESPN hates us, they're so biased against OSU", but every time you turn on ESPN, you'll see Joey Galloway, Chris Spielman, Robert Smith, Kirk Herbstreit, and formerly Urban Meyer.

27. How their fans used to hate Urban Meyer when he was at Florida and call him a slimeball, and defend him doing the exact same stuff at OSU.

28. The whole "It's (insert time here), and Michigan still sucks!" thing. (Or is it Xichigan?)

29. The time I was at Cedar Point with my son (age 6 at the time) in our Michigan shirts, and some OSU fan yelled "It's 7:15 and Michigan still sucks heh heh heh" toward us. However, that was a great way to ensure my son would remain a Michigan fan, despite growing up in Ohio. (I truly don't mind getting a hard time from OSU fans, but leave my first grader out of it, FTLOG)

30. How LeBron is embraced as the ambassador of OSU basketball and football, despite never attending college at all.

31. The urinals at the Horseshoe. They are built on a wall that stands about 4.5 feet high, and they are built back to back. That means you can see people across from you peeing at the same time. And that means if you're wearing opposing team gear, you get the catcalls and heckles from drunk OSU fans in a moment that should be very private. It's something I would never wish on anyone

32. Their AD Gene Smith is an ultra shady dude who somehow always keeps his job, despite his role in Tatgate and continually looking the other way when it comes time for player discipline.

33. You never see Jim Tressel and the Warden from Shawshank Redemption in the same place at the same time.

34. They were a 13-point favorite over MSU last week, Michigan needed them to win, and they choked. The one time we had to root for them, they lost, and we couldn't fully enjoy an OSU loss.

35. Aside from the SEC, they lead the entire country in pickup trucks with decals of Calvin peeing on things.

36. They not only let this creepy guy within 500 feet of their schools, they let him right in their classroom.

37. Michigan should have gone to the Rose Bowl in 1973, not Ohio State.

38. At my first Michigan game ever (Michigan-OSU in 1995), my dad and I were at the Big House, stuck behind 2 smelly OSU fans that weighed in at a combined half-ton or so. This repulsive experience was redeemed by the performances of Tshimanga Biakabutuka and Charles Woodson.

39. When their fans discount the all-time series record between Michigan and OSU because of "games played in the leather helmet days", but have no problem counting games played by ineligible players under Jim Tressel.

40. When their fans used Penn State's heinous infractions of a few years ago to say that their infractions weren't all that bad by comparison. As if that matters.

41. Their coach "had heart trouble" at Florida when things got tough, and somehow was miraculously healed a year later, to take over the reigns of an OSU team loaded with talent.

42. They have a history of losing big games on a national stage that bring embarrassment to the conference.

44. They are narcissistic enough to make a Michigan loss to another team about themselves, even in the form of t-shirts.

45. Many of them own Applachian State and even NJIT shirts. They are that obsessed with Michigan. (Don't worry, the irony of me saying they are obsessed during a "58 things I hate about OSU" piece is not lost on me)

46. Their stadium is literally shaped like a toilet bowl.

47. Their fans become Ohio state troopers that camp out close to the state borders and pick on drivers attempting to quickly flee the state borders. Even they know everyone wants to get out of Ohio as quickly as possible.

48. Their fans are attempting to keep the mullet alive.

49. Iconic Michigan play by play announcer Bob Ufer taught me to do so.

50. Their mascot is so annoying that other mascots can't resist beating him to a pulp.

51. Their fans are so obnoxious and crazy, that they ran Kirk Herbstreit out of their state for using objective analysis on ESPN.

52. Their fans attend games with their "guy on the side" and then get busted on TV.

53. They embrace the guy who flashed the double bird as he got ejected from the Big House, even in the form of t-shirts (as seen on Greg Oden here).

54. They lie about the stupidest stuff.

55. They aren't very friendly hosts.

57. Reason #56 has been vacated, just the 13 games OSU vacated for cheating during the Jim Tressel era.

58.They blame everyone but themselves for their problems.

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