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This is the start of a Brews that sees quite a bit of action on both sides of the Michigan-Ohio border. Our first item of business comes from Ohio State commit Darrion Henry, a four-star defensive tackle in the Class of 2020, believes one of the best rivalries in the history of the sport isn’t much of a rivalry anymore.
“I don’t even think that’s a rivalry anymore to be honest with you,” Henry said, via CBS Sports. “But I think for the rest of this decade Ohio State is going to keep beating them. It will be electrifying. Just a great atmosphere really.”
OSU has won 14 of the last 15 in the series. ‘Nuff said. Sorry for the negativity to start your day.
Regardless of how a high school kid feels about the Michigan-Ohio State showdown, it is still viewed nationally and historically as one of the best in college football. Sports Illustrated has the Wolverines and Buckeyes’ historic showdown as the second-best in the history of the game behind only the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn.
“This one’s been lopsided for a while—a long while (the Buckeyes have won 14 of 15), in fact, but it’s still an annual hate-filled fest,” writes Ross Dellenger.
Sticking with SI, Ann Arbor was ranked as the fourth-best college football town in the country and the second-ranked Big Ten town behind Madison, Wisconsin, who tops the list.
“The University of Michigan itself is one of the most picturesque college campuses in America, and the town surrounding it offers great food, festivals and museums. Ann Arbor boasts tons of parks, and outdoor activities are easy to come by in the warmer months. In the fall and winter, Michigan football and basketball are enough to keep even a reluctant sports fan entertained. Plus, the town is just a quick drive away from Detroit and all the benefits of a larger city,” wrote Joan Niesen.
One more quick note from the folks at SI, who have been hard at work creating lists to commemorate the 150th season of college football. Michigan comes in at No. 3 all-time among college football programs behind Alabama and Ohio State. I have nothing more to add here and you can take your thoughts on that right to the comment section.
Juwan Howard has been busy on the recruiting trail and has cast a wide net since being named head coach back in late May. His latest offer comes in the form of four-star guard Moses Moody, a top-50 prospect and the eighth-ranked player at the position his the 2020 class, per the 247 Composite. His offer sheet currently has 24 other schools attached to it, including Oregon, Ohio State, Arkansas and Florida.
Howard’s recruiting philosophy has seen him cast a much wider net than his predecessor John Beilein did, as generally speaking players would not get an offer from the school unless they made a visit, which drew some criticism at times. Howard is taking a lot of shots and this first year likely determines how many of them land, but he certainly is not being shy about offering blue chip talent.
- HBO is planning a Hard Knocks-style program for four college football teams, rumored to be Alabama, Arizona State, Washington State and Penn State. The only thing more disatrous than the ending of Game of Thrones would be a docu-series where James Franklin explains clock management. (Awful Announcing)
- ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Walt Disney World for their Week 0 broadcast ahead of the Florida Gators vs. Miami Hurricanes showdown in the Camping World Kickoff. The most hilarious twist of this story is that it will only be available “to catch a glimpse” if you purchase a park ticket and and signs will not be allowed. This likely winds up being mostly a glorified infomercial. Lock of the century is that Mickey will be the guest picker.
- A day after Miami (FL) transfer Tate Martell lost the starting QB job and reportedly did not practice, 247Sports says that he addressed the team on Tuesday and was on campus.
- Ohio State is trying to trademark the world “the” now. Seriously.
That’s it for today. We’ll be back with another edition tomorrow! And the next day. And the next day...