Yes Ohio State, Eventually Michigan Will Figure This Football Thing Out

Yes Ohio State, Eventually Michigan Will Figure This Football Thing Out

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Yes Ohio State, Eventually Michigan Will Figure This Football Thing Out


Ohio State has enjoyed unparalleled success over That Team Up North ever since Jim Tressel took the reigns. At some point though, things are going to flip.


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Yes Ohio State, Eventually Michigan Will Figure This Football Thing Out

It’s a rivalry unlike none other in college football, and it’s in the front row of the team picture of best rivalries in all of sports. But something has been missing.

This whole rivalry thing between Ohio State and Michigan would be a bigger deal if the Maize and Blue could, ya know — win some games between the two at a clip better than once a decade.

The story is well-chronicled. Michigan was the benefactor of some John Cooper choke jobs back in the nineties, and the script was totally flipped towards Michigan’s favor when they first started playing this thing.

However, ever since a sweater-vest wearing senator took over at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have been treating Michigan football like a hammer does a nail. Pound, pound — next?

Jim Tressel pretty much guaranteed a victory over Michigan when he was introduced as the new head coach in 2001, and he delivered in year one, and then again and again — going 9-1 overall to swing things in Ohio State’s favor.

Urban Meyer has done nothing to let up on all the noogies, swirlies, and super-wedgies given yearly to the program — sprinting out to a 6-0 record despite the almighty savior Jim Harbaugh now coaching the winged helmets.

It is truly a great time to be a Buckeye fan, and a not so great one to be yearning for more Wolverine victories.

But here’s the deal. If you’ve followed this rivalry, then you know at some point there’s a good chance things will even out, and — dare I say — even tilt back towards Michigan’s favor.

It’s true that Michigan fell on hard times after Lloyd Carr left. Some bad hiring decisions were made, namely hiring a square mad-scientist trying to fit in a round hole. Yeah, the Rich Rodriguez thing was never going to work, but it was a desperate move for a program already feeling the pinch of a slide.

Brady Hoke didn’t work out either, and with Jim Harbaugh having a hard time getting over the hump, Ohio State has now won fifteen of the last seventeen meetings.

That is flat getting it done.

But it won’t always be that way. If there’s one thing this rivalry has shown us, it’s that it ebbs and flows just like college football itself. That’s not to say that Ohio State isn’t going to continue to be a power in the grand scheme of things. It’s shown that throughout history.

No, more than likely Michigan is going to figure this thing out at some point and start to provide some real resistance to that hammer that’s been swinging away and knocking it into the past.

Even more, it just might be Jim Harbaugh that brings about this chance. No matter what the 0-3 record against the Buckeyes so far says, there’s no doubt that the compete level has risen up and will probably remain there more often than not.

He may be a national punching bag and Buckeye joke punchline right now, but that may not always be the case.

So cherish this season of glory Buckeye fans. It won’t always be this way even though it feels like it. All you have to do is hearken back to many lost opportunities and disappointments not too long ago to remember what it feels like.

Heck, don’t even be surprised if the Mr. Khakis finds a way to ruin the day in Columbus this year and set the rivalry on its head again. That’s the fabric The Game is made of.

 

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