The Michigan Wolverines lost to Ohio State 56-27 on Saturday and it seems like everyone has an opinion on the game.
The loss brings Jim Harbaugh’s record against the Buckeyes to 0-5 since taking over as Michigan’s head coach. The Wolverines have won just two games against Ohio State since 2000.
The lack of success against the Buckeyes during that stretch has prompted many to look closely at the Michigan program. Some say it’s not on par with Ohio State. Others have pointed to recruiting as the primary reason there seems to be a large gap between the two programs.
Ryan Day: "In this game, it's about the players."— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) December 1, 2019
Top 100 players in Ohio State's 2020 class: 8
Top 100 players in Michigan's 2020 class: 1
There's a reason this game goes this way every year.
Top recruiting over the last 8 years; Ohio state; Bama; Clemson; GA; by the way who are the power house; Talent just wins; dont know if we have any potential first round picks and it shows #MichiganFootball— Maurice Pugh (@DrMauricePugh) November 30, 2019
Fans questioned the hype and legitimacy of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, comparing to others that have — in recent memory, at least — been more balanced.
Alabama/Auburn is truly a rivalry game. Michigan/Ohio St not so much.— (@lt4kicks) December 1, 2019
Following his fifth consecutive loss to the Buckeyes, the seat for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has gotten progressively warmer — especially so in the eyes of Wolverines fans and some in the media.
Jim Harbaugh is the first head coach in the history of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry to lose his first 5 games in the series.— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) November 30, 2019
At the start of the season we said of #Michigan and Jim Harbaugh: If not now, when? Today it feels like the answer is pretty simple. Never. What an atrocious performance.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 30, 2019
The same can be said for defensive coordinator Don Brown, who has led a Michigan defense that has come into the past two Ohio State games with high rankings only to surrender a combined 118 points.
Buckeyes embarrassing the Wolverines again, now 56-27 with 6:30 left. OSU offense is incredible. And Michigan's defense again exposed. Don Brown faces another off-season of serious self-evaluation.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) November 30, 2019
Ohio State has scored 118 on Michigan last two meetings. Last year I said the Wolverines needed to consider replacing Don Brown and a lot of Michigan fans were appalled. How we feeling now?— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 30, 2019
Now, Michigan waits to see where it will be headed for postseason play. Early projections have Michigan slated to play in either the Holiday or Gator bowls, although those predictions may have changed following losses by Michigan and Alabama.