The Georgia native already understands the rivalry.
Justin Fields got his first taste of the Michigan rivalry this afternoon in Ann Arbor, but his post-game comments made it clear that he had been planning for this one for some time now.
In speaking with the media about Ohio State's success in the rivalry, Fields stated that the Buckeyes "take it more serious than they do" and they "prepare for it all year." The Heisman candidate also spoke on already preparing for next year's contest in Columbus.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields said he thinks the Buckeyes take the Michigan rivalry more serious than the Wolverines pic.twitter.com/F2kK6oaCHs— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 30, 2019
Fields was electric on Saturday as the Wolverine defense struggled to contain both he and J.K. Dobbins. The sophomore completed 14 of 25 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 25 with his legs.
After a brief exit in the third quarter, he returned and delivered an absolute dagger on a 30-yard touchdown to Garrett Wilson. Ohio State extended its winning streak in the rivalry to eight games, marking a new high for the program.
One Wolverine legend expressed some similar thoughts after the beatdown.
"It's evident that it's a way of life for that team. I don't know how we get back to it, but we have to get back to it."@CharlesWoodson sums up how Michigan fans are feeling after another loss to Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/L4TjmD9B4c— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 2019
Fields will get his second taste next year when the Buckeyes host the Wolverines on Nov. 28. For now, the Buckeyes will prepare for Indy and the winner of the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota game.