Skull Session: Buckeye Families Revel in Beating Michigan, Great Stats From Ohio State's Win Over North Carolina, and Wyatt Davis' Domination

By Kevin Harrish on December 5, 2019 at 4:59 am
The Buckeyes are walking into enemy territory in today's skull session.

Today, we're back to your regularly scheduled 4:59 Skull Sessions. All is well.

Word of the Day: Surfeit.

 BRINGING HONOR TO THE FAMILY. Beating Michigan ain't just an Ohio State football tradition, it's a family tradition. Families of Buckeye players enjoy the hell out of every win over that team, too.

And on Saturday, the Buckeyes tied their record for the longest winning streak in Ann Arbor at four games, matching the run in 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1967. Michigan hasn’t won four straight in Columbus since the series began with Michigan going 10-0-1 and winning on the road in 1901, 1904, 1906 and 1908.

That means these family reunions on the road, when the Buckeyes emerge from enemy territory looking for familiar faces, are never about consolation, only jubilation. Never have these Ohio State families looked for their sons so they could offer a shoulder to cry on.

“It’s amazing. We’ve been blessed,” Montez Peterson, the stepfather of fifth-year senior receiver K.J. Hill, said shortly after sharing the excitement of Hill’s third-quarter touchdown catch after the win. “I’m loving what’s happening right now.”


“We feel special,” said Charles Harrison, soon after he’d finished celebrating the win with his son, senior linebacker Malik Harrison. The Harrison family grew up around this game in the Columbus suburbs. “Not that many kids went 4-0 against Michigan. We so feel blessed. It’s like being in the Heisman House -- the Heisman House of beating Michigan."

I'd like to say I'll have that same pride in my son one day as he's standing victorious outside of the Big House, but the unfortunate truth is that he'll have half of my genes, which are built for blogging and not blocking.

The only way anyone from my bloodline is getting a pair of Gold Pants is if it's as a student manager. And that might even be too physically demanding.

 TOBACCO ROLLED. Remember yesterday morning when I politely reminded you all that Ohio State is outscoring opponents by an average of 25 points per game this year? Peep that score.


Reminder: Ohio State closed as four-point underdogs in this game, for some reason. Instead, they're heading home with a historically lopsided win that puts the Buckeyes in some damn good company.

Anyway, that was fun as hell, and it led to some absolutely absurd stats.

And the Buckeyes are now the No. 2 in the KenPom ratings and No. 1 in Bart Torvik. Because why the hell not be the best at everything?

 THE NEXT PANCAKE MAN. Wyatt Davis is out here doing his best Orlando Pace impression – only, as a guard.

I don't know if it's the best in the country, but between Davis' regular bullying and Jonah Jackson's nine knockdowns, the Buckeyes have to have the most violent offensive line in the country.

 BLUE VS. BLUE. Welcome to Ohio, where every day is a day to beat Michigan, even for our police officers.

I haven't the faintest idea of how law enforcement medals work, but I do know that this fellow needs one.

THE Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 THE BEEF I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED. It looks like Urban Meyer has found a new place to channel his rivalry energy – that other network.

He has absolutely no idea how to turn off his competitiveness and it's nothing short of incredible. But also, Pat McAfee wasn't just going to take the heat without firing back...

I had no idea I needed a rivalry between Pat McAfee and Urban Meyer, but it's here!

 NOT STICKING TO SPORTS. For 20 years, a Tennessee baby thief kidnapped more than 5,000 children from the streets, hospitals, and shantytowns of Memphis... Back-to-back flight booking is a brilliant travel idea, but it is possibly risky...  Good mental health isn’t about being happy all the time... The life and death of Jim Devlin, baseball's original cheat... A driver is charged with DWI and accused of throwing urine-soaked socks at an officer.

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