Ohio State football: 10 things I think on Dwayne Haskins, Jim Harbaugh

Ohio State football Dwayne Haskins (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Ohio State football Dwayne Haskins (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

The Ohio State football program has bragging rights yet again, following an schalacking of the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium.

It’s unbelievable, but the Michigan Wolverines have beat the Ohio State football program just once since 2004. “The Game” is becoming one sided, but no one wearing Scarlet and Gray will complain.

Here’s 10 things I think about the Ohio State football team’s 62-39 win over Michigan.

1. How did Ohio State lose to Purdue? That one still hurts.

2. Everything seems to be going according to plan for Dwayne Haskins, who is rumored to be considering entering the NFL Draft if he finished regular season play on a stellar note.

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Against the county’s No. 2 ranked defense, Haskins through for 318 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed seven times for 34 yards and was the point man behind a 62-point offensive effort.

Haskins probably won’t win the Heisman, but this performance probably gets him into the New York Athletic Club as a finalist.

But the invite will do well to be the cherry on top of what’s been a terrific season.

3. Thought the praise being heaped on Jim Harbaugh toward the end of the blowout was little too heavy. The broadcasters were trying to be nice in what’s surely to create a firestorm around the Wolverines head coach.

Of course Harbaugh’s a good coach. He made Stanford relevant. He took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and he finally made Michigan relevant in this great rivalry.

But the truth is he’s 0-4 against Ohio State. Can you imagine if Urban Meyer was 0-4? This Wolverines squad is full of Harbaugh recruits. This is his team, and they looked pathetic.

His job is safe, because the Michigan faithful are still going googly-eyed over him. But his reputation took a bit in a game that his team had EVERYTHING to lose, and eventually did.

4. Michigan’s Nico Collins is somebody I want to watch. The sophomore made two out-of-this-world touchdown catches.

5. The Wolverines looked so slow on defense, the Buckeyes offense just appeared to be playing a different game. It’s like Michigan was in real-time, while Mike Weber was on fast forward. Weber, by the way, rushed for 96 yards on just 13 carries.

6. Demario McCall‘s fumble is indicative of how this wasn’t really that close at all. Michigan needed an all-time blunder just to hang with Ohio State in the first half.

Ohio State got the ball back with 41 seconds left on the clock and got three points before the halftime whistle sounded. In the second, half, they pushed down on the gas and the outcome was never in question.

7. Still think Urban Meyer’s going to retire at the end of the year? He looked a whole heck-of-a-lot better this week than he did against Maryland. I guess knocking out your biggest rival with a simple open-fist punch will make even the most intense person chill out.

Thought it was telling to see Meyer’s wife, Shelley, crying tears of joy on the sidelines. The Meyers feel vindicated. Urban’s not going anywhere.

8. There’s no creativity in Ann Arbor.

Didn’t Harbaugh’s offense just look stale? Yeah, they scored 39, but Ohio State could’ve cared less being up big late in the game. Harbaugh looks like he’s trying to win games just as he did when he was quarterbacking the Wolverines back in the 1980s.

Tight ends and fullbacks? This is the guy who brought the run-pass option into style in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick.

9. The Buckeyes get Northwestern in the Big Ten title game. Urban knows he needs a blowout to boost his playoff chances and it’s entirely possible that’s what Buckeye fans will be treated to.

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10. The Bucks have been mostly aggravating this season, yet all they’ve done is go 12-1, beat every ranked opponent that’s been thrown their way, while beating Michigan, again. Hopefully, unlike last year, the Buckeyes are rewarded with a spot in the College Football Playoff, assuming there’s another Big Ten title to celebrate.