Monday, November 28

This doesn't make ann arbor any less of a whore.

Last Saturday, for the first time in nearly 3,000 days, the michigan wolverines were able to celebrate a victory over Ohio St. It sucked - a lot. I felt that the Buckeyes were going to notch their eighth straight win over that school up north, mostly because I thought our defense could slow down can’t-tie and that Boom Herron was going to run all over the scum defense. I might as well have predicted a Kim Kardashian relationship would last and Sarah Jessica Parker would win a beauty contest. can’t-tie had by far the best game of his career - rushing for 170 yards, throwing for 167 more, scoring five total touchdowns and not turning the ball over once. Boom, on the other hand, had 15 carries for just 37 yards, averaging only 2.5 per carry.

robinson played a fantastic game, and I’m going to leave it at that. Ohio St’s defense was the real disappointment in this one. The 40 points the wolverines scored were the most for them in the rivalry since 1946. Andrew Sweat not being out there made a huge difference, but this just didn’t look like an OSU performance. CB Travis Howard got beat time and time again, LB Etienne Sabino was on his ass every other play, and even John Simon didn’t have the impact that I was hoping for. It was just bad all the way around.

Offensively, Braxton Miller did some very good things and some very bad things. He was 14/25 for 235 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT (a desperation heave on 4th down in the final seconds), while rushing 16 times for 100 yards and another score - his best statistical game of his short career. But he missed several wide-open guys, and he missed them badly. I just keep going back to the final drive when the michigan defense somehow let DeVier Posey get behind them and Braxton wasn’t even close. Even after a disappointing 7-5 season, that might go down as one of the greatest plays/wins in this rivalry if he makes that throw.

But instead, the 2011 Buckeyes close the regular season at 6-6, finishing under .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1999. With all of the scandals/suspensions/departures in Columbus since last season, this was probably to be expected, but it just seems so foreign to someone who has seen so much Buckeye success in his lifetime.

So the streaks of consecutive Big Ten titles (6), BCS Bowl games (6), and victories over that school up north (7) all come to an end. But all is not lost - Braxton Miller has shown flashes of brilliance, and Ohio St announced this morning that Urban Meyer is officially on board to be the new coach of the program. I’ll leave you with the epic words of Harvey Dent…“The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you - the dawn is coming.”


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