Hassan Haskins scored 5 rushing touchdowns to power The Big Blue over the Ohio State Buckeyes. This victory clinches the Wolverines a matchup against either Wisconsin or Iowa, all depending on this afternoon’s game between the Badgers and the Gophers. This win also snaps a critical losing streak against Ohio State, with Michigan’s last win coming in 2011, making it officially 10 years since Michigan last won “The Game”.
How did Michigan do it?
Michigan’s run game and offensive line, completely swept over the Buckeyes. The Wolverines ran for almost 300 yards, headlined by Haskins 169 yard, 5 touchdown performance. They also utilized Cade McNamara and the passing game when they needed it, to throw off the Ohio State defense. Michigan’s defense also played phenomenal. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson recorded 3 sacks on C.J. Stroud, giving him endless pressure all game long. And lastly, the fans. Michigan fans made the Big House rock all afternoon, making it seem near impossible for Ohio State’s offense to hear and run their play calls effectively.
What went wrong for Ohio State?
The Buckeyes offense played great the way they have all year, but lousy defense was the kicker in the upsetting loss. Stroud threw for nearly 400 yards, splitting it among star receivers, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Garrett Wilson, and Chris Olave. TreVeyon Henderson also played well, while rushing for 74 yards and a score, and bringing in 5 passes for 54 yards and another score. But the defense was completely set apart from the offense. Self-discipline was lacking as the Buckeyes allowed 10 penalties, opposed to Michigan’s 2. They also had a terrible 62.5% on failing to stop 3rd downs. Letting the Wolverines secure 24 first downs throughout the game.
What’s Next for these teams?
Michigan now not only has a chance at a Big Ten title, but they also have decent shot at the CFP. Presuming that they can handle Wisconsin or Iowa. With this win, Michigan is almost guaranteed to play in a New Year’s 6 bowl game, if not selected for a playoff game.
Ohio State now has to sit and wait, and see where they will be placed in the next CFP Rankings. This loss doesn’t necessarily mean that they are eliminated from playoff contention. But the chances are dwindling. Especially if teams on the bubble can win their final regular season game, and/or their respective conference championship game.
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