Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Team Up North

By Chase Brown on November 26, 2022 at 5:00 am
C.J. Stroud

Welcome to the Game Day Skull Session for That Team Up North.

It's time for Ohio State to dump Michigan so hard that it sends the Wolverines into another 20 years of irrelevancy in The Game and college football writ large.

Before we dive into the Skully, I have to show you a video that involves a spot being good. I think you'll appreciate the clip.

Let's have a good Saturday, shall we?

 MORE THAN A GAME. Make no mistake, the battle between Ohio State and Michigan, two undefeated rivals – two heated rivals, at that – will live up to its billing on Saturday.

This is the most important edition of The Game since the 2006 season when both teams entered the final week of the regular season a perfect 11-0 – the Buckeyes ranked No. 1 and the Wolverines ranked No. 2. Ohio State and Michigan met as the second- and third-ranked teams in America in 2016, but a Big Ten title wasn’t on the line for the Buckeyes that year because they had lost to Penn State earlier in the season.

In both of those instances, Ohio State beat Michigan. The first was a 42-39 win for the Buckeyes in what many consider “The Game of the Century” in college football, while the second was a 30-27 walk-off victory courtesy of Curtis Samuel in double overtime.

On Saturday, the Buckeyes will emerge as the victors over their most-hated rivals as the 2006 and 2016 teams did before them.

Offensively, Ohio State will prove that not even the top-ranked total defense in the nation can stop the team with a Heisman Trophy frontrunner in C.J. Stroud and Biletnikoff semifinalist in Marvin Harrison Jr. Not to mention the contributions of Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming, Xavier Johnson, TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams and Dallan Hayden. The Buckeyes have too many weapons to be denied in this one.

As for the defense, Michigan brings one of the best rushing attacks in the country to Columbus, but Ohio State has built an impressive resume of stopping the run this season under Jim (Him) Knowles, allowing only 3.1 yards per carry and seven touchdowns in 2022. With the Buckeyes working hard to stop the run, the Wolverines will need to rely on J.J. McCarthy to execute his throws consistently, which I simply don't see happening, especially with pass rushers like J.T. Tuimoloau, Zach Harrison and Mike Hall Jr. coming after him.

Ohio State is at home. It is motivated. It is a more talented team overall. Because of those things, I expect the Buckeyes to rise to the occasion in The Game.

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan 24

 TODAY'S MENU. It's rivalry week in college football, but the other rivalries across the sport are so tragically uncool this season that Ohio State vs. Michigan might be the only game that anybody watches, including the fans of other teams.

But in case you want to know what's happening around the college football landscape on Saturday and will still have the presence of mind to turn the channel after riding the high of an Ohio State win, here is the full schedule of games:

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Georgia Tech at 1 Georgia 12:00pm ESPN
South Carolina at 8 Clemson 12:00pm ABC
New Mexico State at Liberty 12:00pm ESPN+
West Virginia at Oklahoma State 12:00pm ESPN2
Rutgers at Maryland 12:00pm BTN
Coastal Carolina at James Madison 12:00pm ESPNU
Georgia State at Marshall 12:00pm ESPN+
Old Dominion at South Alabama 12:00pm ESPN+
WKU at Florida Atlantic 12:00pm CBSSN
3 Michigan at 2 Ohio State 12:00pm FOX
Army at UMass 12:00pm ESPN+
Kent State at Buffalo 1:00pm ESPN+
East Carolina at Temple 1:00pm ESPN+
Akron at NIU 1:30pm ESPN3
Rice at North Texas 2:00pm ESPN+
25 Louisville at Kentucky 3:00pm SECN
UAB at Louisiana Tech 3:30pm CBSSN
Auburn at 7 Alabama 3:30pm CBS
Wake Forest at Duke 3:30pm ACCN
Hawaii at San Jose State 3:30pm Spectrum
Memphis at SMU 3:30pm ESPN2
Troy at Arkansas State 3:30pm ESPNU
UTEP at UTSA 3:30pm Stadium
Illinois at Northwestern 3:30pm BTN
Minnesota at Wisconsin 3:30pm ESPN
Purdue at Indiana 3:30pm BTN
9 Oregon at 21 Oregon State 3:30pm ABC
14 Utah at Colorado 4:00pm P12N
Michigan State at 11 Penn State 4:00pm FS1
Iowa State at 4 TCU 4:00pm FOX
Louisiana at Texas State 5:00pm ESPN+
Southern Miss at ULM 5:00pm ESPN+
Nevada at UNLV 6:00pm SSSEN/MWN
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern 6:00pm ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at FIU 6:00pm ESPN3
5 LSU at Texas A&M 7:00pm ESPN
22 UCF at USF 7:00pm ESPN2
15 Notre Dame at 6 USC 7:30pm ABC
10 Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7:30pm SECN
Oklahoma at Texas Tech 7:30pm FS1
Tulsa at Houston 7:30pm ESPNU
Syracuse at Boston College 7:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Kansas at 12 Kansas State 8:00pm FOX
Pitt at Miami (FL) 8:00pm ACCN
Air Force at San Diego State 9:00pm CBSSN
13 Washington at Washington State 10:30pm ESPN
BYU at Stanford 11:00pm FS1

 MY PICKS. Listen, I want to make some picks here, but I can't focus on any other games this week than The Game. As I said above, it's rivalry week in college football, but the only rivalry with any substance is Ohio State vs. Michigan, so let's pick it.

  • No. 2 Ohio State (-8) vs. No. 3 Michigan: The Buckeyes win and cover because that's what great teams do. Ohio State is a great team, and the Wolverines don't have what it takes to beat their rival two years in a row.

We're going all in.

 BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. I have a handful of things to discuss in this section regarding The World Famous Ohio State Buckeyes that vary from uniforms to Kamryn Babb and A.J. Emig, the son of the football program's sports information director Jerry Emig.

First, Jason Priestas posted a photo on his Twitter Thursday of the Ohio State vs. Michigan matchup from 1954. The Buckeyes won The Game, 21-7, in Columbus that year, which sent them to the Rose Bowl, where they defeated Southern California, 20-7, and later claimed an AP Poll national championship.

But Jason didn't talk about any of that. He was focused on something far more important: The look of the uniforms.

Bring. This. Back. The 1954 uniform matchup between Ohio State and Michigan was *mwah* chef's kiss. The scarlet and gray clashed with the maize and blue. The Buckeyes and Wolverines need to wear their home uniforms during a future meeting of The Game. It would be beautiful.

Second, Babb has been the talk of the town since he caught his first-career pass and touchdown against Indiana two weeks ago – and, yes, that was only two weeks ago, even though it feels like 10 years have passed since then. The Ohio State receiver has his story told from a new perspective on Big Ten Network's "The Journey" this week:

Third and finally, A.J. Emig celebrated his 20th birthday on Thursday. Back in 2017, the Big Ten Network featured the son of Jerry Emig and told the story of his life with Down syndrome. It is definitely worth the watch.

That's it for me today, folks. The Song of the Day has never been more of a lock than it was for me today – make sure to click that play button and sing along. Maybe come back and play it after the game once Ohio State walks away with the W.

See you on Victory Monday, Buckeye Nation.

 SONG OF THE DAY. “We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan” by The Best Damn Band in the Land. This is a 10-minute version. Have fun.

 CUT TO THE CHASE. Singing street marshals are Qatar World Cup’s surprise stars... Oddball six-foot “Lobsta Mickey” statue returns to Boston... Not just fast food; baby comes quickly at Atlanta McDonald’s... Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes... How a $1.65 million Celtic gold heist unfolded in Germany.

View 115 Comments