Skull Session: Jim Tressel Flipped the Rivalry in 2001, Taylor Lewan Picks Michigan "By A Billion," and New Footage From 2006 Ohio State vs. Michigan

By Kevin Harrish on November 25, 2021 at 4:59 am
We're eating wolverine in today's skull session

If you are reading this, I am thankful that you are choosing to spend your Thanksgiving reading my online words.

You mean more than you'll ever know.

Word of the Day: Scorn.

 FLIPPED THE SCRIPT. Today, I am thankful for Jim Tressel.

20 years ago, the world's most-famous sweater vest flipped the script on the rivalry, setting a new standard for how Ohio State prepares for The Game, and a new standard for the result against Michgian.

But in extremely Tressel fashion, he's still not satisfied.

Tressel put a year-round emphasis on the rivalry. Following his “310 Days” speech, he displayed countdown clocks throughout the facility.

Looking ahead to the clash with Michigan became part of the offseason routine.


It also reaffirmed their blueprint for success. Looking back on 2001, players see emphasizing the rivalry throughout the year as an important factor in them getting over the top.


From Tressel’s perspective, the 2001 win isn’t fully a turning point. Despite their string of wins, the Buckeyes still trail in the all-time series, 58-51-6.

The 68-year-old said he hopes to live long enough for Ohio State to be in front.

“That day when we get the rivalry to our advantage all-time,” Tressel said, “maybe we'll look back to '01 and have a good deal about it.”

One day, I'm going to tell my grandchildren that I was alive back when Michigan had the lead in the rivalry, and they won't believe me.

 BAD PERSON PICKS BAD TEAM TO WIN GAME. I like to think that I would be better off in life if I never had to so much as consider Taylor Lewan's existence ever again.

On the other hand, the dude does make one hell of a villain.

"I might get cut for the way I’ll talk to Mike Vrabel after Michigan beats Ohio State.”

Unfortunately for Mike, I have a sneaky suspicion Mr. Lewan will be unbearable to interact with regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game.

 TBT. It's wild that it's already been 15 years since that legendary 2006 No. 1 vs. No. 2 game. But in honor of the anniversary, here's a small trove of newly released interviews and footage from the OG Game of the Century.

Shoutout to our friend Don Lee, of Horizons Companies, for sharing with us.

Nothing says "rivalry week" quite like looking back at some now-vintage Wolverine ass kickings.

 NO FIELDS. I regret to inform you that Thanksgiving is ruined – Justin Fields will not be playing for the Bears today.

The good news is there will still be plenty of Buckeyes in action today. Jonah Jackson and Taylor Decker will be playing for Detroit, Ezekiel Elliott, Noah Brown, Malik Hooker and Jake McQuaide will be representing from the Cowboys, and then there's the Saints with Malcolm Jenkins, Marshon Lattimore, Pete Werner, Bradley Roby, Jalyn Holmes and Nick Vannett.

So you've got someone to root for in each game.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Good Morning" by Kanye West.

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