Real Pod Wednesdays: After Ohio State Dominated Michigan State, Will Michigan Be A Tougher Test or More of the Same?

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on November 24, 2021 at 11:05 am
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Ohio State’s win over Michigan State couldn’t have been much more impressive, but another huge test looms this week.

The Buckeyes were utterly dominant against the Spartans in their final home game of the season, defeating Michigan State 56-7 in an “ass-whooping” – as Haskell Garrett predicted – that was even more lopsided than the final score reflected.

While C.J. Stroud, Chris Olave and the rest of Ohio State’s offense deservedly got plenty of love for their performances – and do from us on this show, too – we start this week’s episode by talking about how the Buckeyes turned in a lights-out performance on defense, which well exceeded our expectations after an underwhelming showing against Purdue.

We also discuss how Saturday was yet another reflection of how great Ohio State’s trio of wide receivers is and how the Buckeyes made the case that they’re one of college football’s two best teams this season before shifting our attention to this week’s rivalry game in Ann Arbor (beginning at 22:30).

Given that Ohio State already blew out one top-10 team in Michigan State last weekend and blew out Michigan in each of its last two games against the Wolverines, should we expect more of the same this weekend? Not if the oddsmakers are to be believed, as Ohio State is only favored to win Saturday’s game by a little more than a touchdown. That said, one of us is predicting a far more lopsided game than the other after we discuss what advantages Ohio State should have in this game but also why this Michigan team shouldn’t simply be assumed to be the same Michigan as years past.

After a full 30 minutes of conversation about The Game, we wrap up the show (starting at 52:10) with some quick takeaways from Ohio State’s last two men’s basketball games and what we expect from the Buckeyes on the hardwood in the Fort Myers Tip-Off final against Florida on Wednesday night.

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