Michigan Football: Grading the Wolverines loss to Ohio State

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Michigan football hasn’t looked worse than it did on Saturday against Ohio State. Here are the final regular-season grades for the loss to the Buckeyes.

Do you remember the last time Michigan football beat Ohio State? Luke Fickell, the guy who accused Jim Harbaugh of not backing a transfer, was the man in charge of the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor on that fateful day in 2011. Coach Fickell departed that year to make way for Urban Meyer, and the rest is history.

Eight years, eight wins for that team down south.

Judging by the result of the last two times these two met  – the Buckeye head coach, regardless of the experience, relished in the destruction and packing on the points –  there’s no end in sight for the decimation and domination.

118 points, 365 days apart.

The charts are trending in the wrong direction for the Wolverines, but there’s always hope: as evidenced by the three Tiger teams that took down the mightly crimson tide in 2019. Coming off a national championship season, Alabama was on a roll and nearly repeated until, on January 7th, 2019, they fell to the Clemson Tigers, 44-16. Ten months later, the Tide stopped rolling in the Bayou with the LSU Tigers escaping in a defenseless match, 46-41. Finally, on Saturday, the Auburn Tigers completed the trifecta, 48-45.

To win, it required creative coaching, flawless execution, and a mistake-free day to overcome the recruiting advantages on the opposite sideline. They didn’t execute in any phase, and they were incapable of mimicking the three Tigers.

Teams (Alabama, Ohio State) are unbeatable until they’re not.

Here are the grades for Saturday’s performance.

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