Because I don't think this win is ever going to get old, let's start today by enjoying the glorious reaction of the Michigan cheerleaders.
OHIO AGAINST THE WORLD! pic.twitter.com/XaI5tRWSFz— Jeff Okudah III (@jokudah_) November 26, 2018
It looks like someone just took a sledge hammer to their car. Which honestly, they might have preferred to the destruction that was actually taking place.
- Urban Meyer plans to coach next season.
- Wyatt Davis will get the first start of his career against Northwestern.
- Urban Meyer on Tate Martell: "I want him in the game."
- Ohio State will get the final in-home visit with Zach Harrison.
- A look at how Ohio State bombed Michigan's defense.
- The basketball team debuts at No. 1 in the NET rankings.
- Ohio State has already sold out its ticket allotment for the Big Ten title game.
- Dwayne Haskins wins a record sixth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award.
Word of the Day: Schadenfreude. Still.
THE BLOCKED PUNT ALMOST WASN'T. Folks, Ohio State could do no wrong on Saturday. The Buckeyes were out there successfully running plays Urban Meyer thought had no business working.
Meyer admitted after the game he had little faith in the punt block play, saying "to be honest, I didn't think we could do it," mostly because the math didn't really work in their favor.
Greg Schiano, along with quality control assistant Parker Fleming, essentially said "to hell with math!"
From Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press:
When he saw the play in practice on Wednesday, Meyer didn’t have any confidence in the play: “I grabbed Parker and I said, ‘You can’t! You only have 2.1 seconds to get there. And he’s not that fast.'”
But Schiano was certain that it would.
“We can do it!” Schiano said. “We can do it!”
But the Buckeyes have two different punt blocks.
“I thought we were going to go with the other one,” Meyer said. “And I hear him go ahead and I see the signal and I got really pissed.”
They lined up, and Meyer was still in doubt: “I said, ‘We’re not going to get there, we’re not going to get there. We’re not going to get there.’”
As you now know, they got there.
There's something so refreshing about true freshmen accounting for three touchdowns on Saturday. It's not like it was just the seniors laying waste to the north, the #teens are clowning them as well.
HASKINS SNUB INCOMING? Dwayne Haskins has had one of the most dominant seasons in Big Ten conference history.
He's shredding Ohio State's single-season passing records like a little kid with safety scissors, has already taken a down a few conference records as a well, has his team on the verge of a Big Ten title and potentially a college football playoff appearance, just smart bombed the nation's No. 1 defense and set a new record for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors with six, literally averaging an award every other game.
You know what's weird: Tribune has received 4 of the 14 Silver Football ballots (Big Ten's best player) ... so far Haskins has appeared on zero (first- or second-place). That could change after today.— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) November 24, 2018
All 14 of the Tribune Silver Football ballots are in (from head coaches): An unusually high 9 players (from 5 schools) received votes. Finalists to be revealed mid-week.— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) November 26, 2018
FYI Saquon won it last year.
I'm sorry, nine different players? Guys, this isn't hard. Don't overthink this. I can think of three at most, and the other two – Rondale Moore and Jonathan Taylor – should be significantly behind Haskins.
Haskins is the obvious choice, but Taylor is 11 yards shy of 2,000 on the season and Moore has led the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. So I guess I wouldn't be absolutely outraged there.
Which means that the award is absolutely going to Chase Winovich and his four sacks.
SLOBS NOT BAD? I think the conventional school of thought is that Ohio State's offensive line has struggled this season and not been quite as dominant as expected.
But this seems pretty damn good:
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins has faced pressure on only 19.8% of his dropbacks, lowest among Power-5 QBs— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) November 26, 2018
I don't think a Wolverine was even able to breathe on Haskins on Saturday, and I'm sure that goes a long way in him slicing their secondary up like butter.
The bigger knock on the slobs has been the run blocking, but they seem to be pushing people around with ease the past few games.
We just have to pray that keeps happening with Wavy Dub in the lineup.
BECOMING SELF AWARE. This loss seems to have absolutely broken Michigan, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.
See, all my life Wolverine fandom has been marked by a special kind of delusion. But after that beatdown, even the most high profile Michigan Men seem to have shifted into a stage of acceptance.
Tom Brady via @MutCallahan on Ohio State beating Michigan: "Man, freakin' Wolverines. They can't win a big game, man. That was pretty crappy to watch." Brady lost a bet to Nate Ebner for a couple hundred dollars and now has "to wear some ridiculous outfit."— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) November 26, 2018
Ouch, Tom pic.twitter.com/KfCcVyKpmn— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 24, 2018
Selfishly, I'm not sure I like this. I thoroughly enjoy their bitter disappointment when they genuinely, genuinely think that they will win. Without that, it just feels like bullying.
But in this case, I'm also totally fine with bullying. So carry on, Buckeyes.
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