Three reasons Ohio State football team ends the 2019 regular season with a win on the road at The Big House against Michigan.
It’s hard to believe the regular season is already coming to a close. Feels like just yesterday that the news came out regarding Justin Fields’ transfer to Ohio State. The nostalgia that comes with such a great team playing up to its potential contributes to the feeling of time flying by.
The truth is that this team hasn’t endured much of the roller coaster experience that’s came with teams of the past. From start to finish, this team has exceeded expectations and nothing less. Frankly, there hasn’t been a week this season where there’s been a worry that the Buckeyes would stumble.
The brand of this season has been the fact that teams have to play up to the Buckeyes’ level in order to compete with them. The Buckeyes have played at this unique static level of play that guarantees they can’t falter. This is something the Buckeyes could not say in the past.
It’s fair to say the Buckeyes anticipate the Wolverines’ best game on Saturday. The Wolverines have been projected to be the favorite in this game and to win the Big Ten in the last two seasons. Yet, they’ve managed to fail each time. The Wolverines fell to backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was making his first start in the last match up in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines suffered an even more painful loss to the Buckeyes in Columbus last season as they were ranked fourth in the nation and the Buckeyes were 10th. All the Wolverines had to do was get one win in Columbus to set foot in the College Football Playoff for the first time. Not only did the Wolverines lose, they got embarrassed as they allowed 62 points and lost by nearly 20.
A College Football Playoff berth or even a Big Ten Championship win is something the three other Big Ten East powers Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State have done but Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have not. For a team that is typically ranked near or within the top ten each season, that is miserable. If there was any team the Buckeyes would like to keep down, it would certainly be the Wolverines.