Almost No One Believes Michigan Will Beat Ohio State, and the Wolverines Still Don't Care

By DJ Byrnes on November 26, 2013 at 10:51a

Ohio State is bigger favorites than they've ever been rolling into Ann Arbor (they're -16 as of right now), but this doesn't mean Brady Hoke's men are ready to take a knee. From

Still, Michigan says it's got a shot. Actually, Michigan knows it's got a shot. And it doesn't care what you think about that.

"We have heart, this team believes in themselves," Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "It doesn't matter what any media or any fan or anybody thinks about this team. The only thing that matters is if the guys in the locker room believe.

"That's it. I don't care if a trainer on our team or somebody else doesn't believe, it doesn't matter. They're not playing the game."

Brady Hoke says if he didn't believe Michigan could beat Ohio State, he'd make the call to Columbus and concede himself. (C'mon now coach, you're openly toying with Ohio State fans' fantasies at this point.) 


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jeremytwoface's picture

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

jdagrava.1's picture

Yeah, this definitely sounds like a guy with a ton of heart...

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

buckeyedude's picture

That dude BLEEDS every frigging game. Obviously this is what Kalis was talking about when he said, "there will be BLOOD!"



Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

How epic would it be if the on the first Meatchicken offensive series the entire Buckeye defensive unit came to the line and stood up and said "All I have known at Michigan is failure"?

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

buckeye_heart's picture

They are delusional, but who actually would say we don't have a chance?

cronimi's picture

I agree that if Taylor said they didn't have a chance, he'd be laughed/kicked out of the locker roo_. But I wouldn't say he's delusional. I'_ as strong a believer in the Buckeyes as anyone, but a Buckeye victory in The Ga_e is not a fait acco_pli. Any given Saturday, so_ething wacky can happen, one tea_ can co_e out cold and distracted, the other deter_ined and focused. And that's all it takes for a huge upset to occur. So I would say they have a shot. But let's face it -- it isn't a very good one.

TMac's picture

THIS is why 23-0 is so da_n i_pressive!

ONE Not Done!

IBleedSandG's picture

Brady Hoke says if he didn't believe Michigan could beat Ohio State, he'd make the call to Columbus and concede himself.

Oh Brady, if you think we'd let you off that easy, then you really don't understand this rivalry.


Alhan's picture

This almost sounds like cowardice. Even if you know there is absolutely no way to win, you still play the game. Conceding would be infinitely worse in my opinion to the worst loss imaginable.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Operators, however, are standing by.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Swords_an = Hoke
Indiana Jones = Urbs

Yeti's have feelings too.

AndyVance's picture

I think you're giving Hoke too _uch credit...

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

perhaps ... I've just always enjoyed the "bring a knife to a gunfight" dyna_ic going on in that scene

Yeti's have feelings too.

AndyVance's picture

Ditto - just busting your chops a little :)

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

bust away ... I enjoy the back and forth
for exa_ple, I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation last week that took place entirely between Sa_uel L. Jackson and really high guy 

Yeti's have feelings too.

AndyVance's picture

Yes, that was fun :)

Ahh Saturday's picture

Lewan's line about the trainer is oddly specific.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

LOL - you're right. Actually, the full quote from Lewan - before it was edited to shorten the story - was . . .

"That's it. I don't care if a trainer on our team, or somebody else doesn't believe, it doesn't matter. I don't care if my mom doesn't believe or that my girlfriend laughed about our chances. I don't care what the sandwich jockeys at Subway are saying, or the emos at Starbucks. They all can kiss my ass! And that also goes for the negative nellies in my classes, in the student-athlete study halls, and the faculty lounges - suck it! Okay, I'll admit that my feelings were hurt when my psychiatrist tried to prescribe me Zoloft out of the blue 'as a precautionary measure,' but she can suck it too. They're not playing the game."
"Oh, and hey dad, thanks for believing in us when no one else does . . ."

cronimi's picture

Da_n, Fido, you had _e going there, until I got to the part about his shrink. And yes, I believe Taylor’s _o_ and GF don’t think highly of ttun’s chances on Saturday.

Citrus's picture

I 100% believed this until the part about zoloft. 

Bucksfan's picture

Pretty confident that all Michigan players arrived on campus their first day thinking that all they had to do was put on the uniform they'd be handed a trip to the Rose Bowl.  They sure as hell play and act like it.
Brady Hoke rhymes with Gravy Boat.

buckeyefanatic's picture

Brady Hoke rhymes with Gravy Boat.

$%^&* ROFL!!
I never cared to have a sig before but BAAAAM!  There it is.  (kinda like how I ended up with a wife)

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

IBleedSandG's picture

Possibly my favorite gif of all-time.


alust2013's picture


...and Michigan still sucks.

Firmthyfriendship's picture

"We have heart, this team believes in themselves," Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan said.

Not for long! KALI MAAAAAA!

Hovenaut's picture

I truly hope Ohio State gets their best shot come Saturday.
What's the betting line up to again?

Kaceybrown's picture

up from 14.5 yesterday-
345  Ohio State  -15 -110 Bet -110 Off  Over 0.0 -110 Off 
346  Michigan  +15 -110 Bet -110 Off  Under 0.0 -110 Off

Earle's picture

Awwwww, aren't they cute?

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Jugdish's picture

Lewan having a good game is like this woman clearing the bar.

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

dwcbuckeye's picture

That GIF is fantastic.  Thanks.

TMac's picture

I can't stop watching!

ONE Not Done!

4thandinches's picture

What's up with the 's' when she first starts running?

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Iron_Buckeye's picture

sizing it up I get that all the time from!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

Maestro's picture

Nice approach

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I would love to see how everyone reacted. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

USMC11917's picture

I don't expect _ichigan to concede, though I do expect them walk off the field with their heads hung low to avoid eye contact with their disappointed fans after the game.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

so you believe the ga_e will be close enough to keep their fans in the seats until the end?

Yeti's have feelings too.

USMC11917's picture

Not really, I just think there isn't anything else to do up there and the few remaining fans that they have left must be hard corps to stay until the very end of the slaying.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture


Yeti's have feelings too.

TMac's picture

I don't want the_ to concede, I want the_ Hu_iliated!

ONE Not Done!

4thandinches's picture

I think that if we do not believe TTUN has at least a 1% chance of winning the game then we have become just like them: just putting on a OSU uniform is good enough to win. Never overlook a competition no matter how small, see UF vs GSU or even better TTUN vs App State.

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Brutus's picture

And more recently Arizona vs Oregon. Us fans can be confident and have all the swagger we want.  As long as the team doesn't start buying into the hype, we'll be just fine.

Youngbuck85's picture

The best part of this game will be watching Lewan be sent out with a full on ass kicking  by our d line. Can't stand him or Kalis 

CLT Silver Bullet's picture

I mean really?  What is he supposed to say?  I am actually a little surprised that the line continues to jump...lots of money being laid on the Buckeyes. 
I really want to see Hyde break their will in the 2nd half.  Would love to see him carry the ball 30 times against them...then again it would be great to have our starters rest and watch Kenny G and Zeke do some work as well.

Ralph Waldo Enarson's picture

Still, Michigan says it's got a shot.

FROMTHE18's picture

Of course they have a shot. But, you can tell this negative talk isnt really being used as motivation, more a reason to lash out from frustration due to lack of support. 

OSUBias's picture

This is a dangerous position for us. There is no upside. If we beat them by 70, it is what we were supposed to do. If the game is close, because it's a rivalry and they usually are, then we didn't win convincingly enough. And if, god forbid, we lose...then we get a louder remix of all of the "overrated" horseshit. And there is only upside for them. They can save their crap season, and if they get pounded, well everyone expected that.
We should be cautious with the "there's no way they win" attitude. It reminds me of the collective fan base attitude leading up to a game against Florida in the desert a few years ago. There's always a chance in a rivalry game that crazy stuff happens.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

tommrkr's picture

I'm still gunshy from the mid-90s to ever think we are bulletproof when it comes to TTUN.  

Knarcisi's picture

Agreed. I was in school when we were undefeated in 1993, 1995, and 1996. The horror. 

unholy bucknut's picture

I thought we played Florida in Miami not Tempe and played LSU in New Orleans "home" games for both teams.

Knarcisi's picture

We played UF in Glendale, after they moved it to the Cards stadium from Tempe. 

unholy bucknut's picture

Why I love this site someone always has the answers thanks bro.

Knarcisi's picture

No problem. I had the unfortunate experience of being there. I now hate that stadium. Looks like a damn futuristic toaster. 

brandonbauer87's picture

_Live's got so_e bad gra__ar. 

Evannati's picture

I don't want to be a buzzkill, but I am old enough to remember 1969 very well.  In a way, I have still not quite gotten over it. The Bucks were defending national champs, had a 22 game winning streak and were 17 point favorites over a 7-2 Michigan team.  Although they knew they couldn't go to the Rose Bowl again, they knew if they won, they would be back-to-back national champs.  At the time, people were already talking about Ohio State as being the greatest college team of all-time.  Beware people.

Hovenaut's picture

There's always a chance sure.
The 1969 ga_e was a little _ore skewed in the fact that Bo had first hand knowledge of what to expect fro_ Woody and Ohio State.
Totally get your point. It looks like the Buckeyes should destroy _...igan, but they still have to play the ga_e.
It's not a gi_ _ e.

Jonnferrell's picture

I remember that game.  The day I started hating TTUN.  I'm sure that UFM has told our 2013 Buckeyes about that fateful day.  They will not make the same mistake.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

buckz4evr's picture

That was the day I started hating them also.  The thing I hated most was seeing all those kids from Ohio playing in that game.  Traitors.  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm sure they believed in themselves when they faced Bama. That didn't stop them from getting bludgeoned.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

GoBucksToledo's picture

"I also believe in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy."
~Taylor Lewan
PS, Hope is the last thing that squirts out when you're being crushed.

northcampus's picture

I laugh just thinking about Hoke trying to call Columbus without fat fingering the dial.

Knarcisi's picture

This is why we need to jump on them early. Crush any spirit they think they can muster. 

Davep160's picture

one game at a time

buckeyedude's picture

All the tough talk from the _ishigun players is precious. I have a feeling they'll capitulate after the first series of the 3rd Qtr.



mobboss1984's picture

As a fan, Im not going to get over my head until we beat them badly. Michigan will come hard and while I think we will beat them, our defense still has to go do their job. Funchess and gallon are no slouches at all.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
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