Some say this the best rivalry in college football, others say this is the greatest rivalry in sports period, Ohio State vs. Michigan. The two teams 1st played back in 1897, playing each other a total of 116 times. With this last win today, the Ohio State Buckeyes have extended there win streak to 9 games, tying the current win streak held by Michigan Wolverines from 1901-1909 according to CBS.com
Michigan came out swinging in the mark key matchup on this rivalry week Saturday. On the 1st drive of the game, Michigan ran the ball very well, capping off a 22 yard run by Giles Jackson into the endzone. Sending there home field crowd of 112,00 into a drunken frenzy of excitement/hope. Unforntantly that excitement simmered way down after their kicker had missed the following extra point.
The Buckeyes came back the next drive with a running touchdown of their own, scored by their future 1st rounder JK Dobbins bringing the score to 7-6 Ohio State. The Buckeyes would strike again, but this time through the air with a beautiful pass, right into the hands of Chris Olave for 46 yards, extending the lead to 14-6. At this point in the game, it seemed as if Ohio State was going to put the game away in the 1st quarter, like most of their games prior.
With 19 seconds to go in the 1st quarter, Shea Patterson hit Donovan Peoples-Jones with a 25-yard pass. Shea Patterson passes were very accurate today. Putting the ball where it exactly had to be against this surplus of blue-chippers on the Buckeyes defense giving him over 300 yards over the air.
The story of the 1st quarter was not the story of the rest of the game sadly for the Wolverine fans. To have a chance of beating the unbeaten Buckeyes, the Wolverines had to play their best football of the season with few to zero mistakes. In this game, there were just too many mistakes made. Missed extra points, dropped passes by the wide-receivers, or stupid penalties that shot themselves in the foot. Michigan Wolverines would not have scored until the 4th quarter, in which the game was out of reach. During that time, Ohio State played a very balanced offense, doing it through the air with Justin Fields and the ground.
Star of the Night
The Ohio State run game was just simply too much with JK Dobbins. Dobbins was a man among boys today, showing why he is the best running back in college football. He had a heavy workload with 31 carries for 211 yards and 2 receptions for 47 yards. Dobbins’s longest run of the day was a 41 yarder. Dobbins had the speed to outrun defenders and when he felt like punishing the opposing defense. He did by lowering his shoulder and sometimes lunging at defenders as if he was craving contact. He was truly special today on Michigan’s home field beating Michigan 56-27.