The talent gap is real, and it's wide.
Despite the denials of Michigan men (namely, Khaleke Hudson), it's fairly obvious to any honest observer that Ohio State holds a decided talent advantage over the Wolverines, and that talent gap is probably even bigger than you thought.
Of the top-25 players in the rivalry, Ohio State accounts for 22 of them, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The Buckeyes also have the top-six players and 12 of the top 13.
Regarding the Ohio State-Michigan talent gap....— BuckeyePlanet (@buckeyeplanet) March 20, 2020
Combine the rosters of both teams, including the incoming freshmen. Now take the top 50 players, according to their 247 Composite ratings. Ohio State has 38 of the top 50 (76%), including 22 of the top 25 (88%).
The gap is WIDE! pic.twitter.com/mVcDIHWQB7
And it seems the gap is only getting wider.
Ohio State continues to haul in commitments at a frenetic pace, currently holding the No. 1 spot in the 2021 class recruiting rankings, 48 points ahead of second-place Clemson with the Buckeyes the favorites to add a few more elite prospects in the near future, including two top-20 players.
Meanwhile, Michigan sits at No. 31 in the national rankings, holding just two commitments (albeit from highly-ranked players).
If Michigan's going to close the gap on the field, where Ohio State has won 15 of the last 16, it's going to have to start on the recruiting trail. And it ain't looking good.