Grading Michigan Football’s historic win over Ohio State

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Special Teams: A+

The special teams were outstanding. Michigan did a great job in punt coverage and Ohio State either fair caught or were stopped deep in their own territory on every kickoff.

A.J. Henning was also able to make a couple of punt returns and most importantly, the Wolverines played a completely clean game on special teams, which to be fair, is what they have done pretty much all season. Jay Harbaugh’s group has been off the charts.

Coaching: A++

Like the offense, one plus wasn’t going to do it for the coaching staff. Jim Harbaugh made all the right moves this offseason and returned to his roots. It worked and his team fed off of it.

Michigan players are willing to run through a wall for Harbaugh. Just look at the difference between the two teams coming out of the locker room.

Michigan was ready for a street fight, while Ohio State seemed ready for hot cocoa.

And that’s how the second half played out. Michigan tried to play Ohio State’s kind of football and it didn’t work. Now, it makes this win even sweeter to think the Wolverines conquered their biggest rival using Harbaugh’s old-school methods.

Football will always be about blocking and tackling and that will never change. Josh Gattis, who has had his struggles, came to understand that, and his willingness to lean on the offensive line, the running game, and Hassan Haskins is why Michigan is in this spot.

Also, the hire of Mike Macdonald was a game-changer. Michigan doesn’t win Saturday if Don Brown is calling the defense. The way he creates mismatches and disguises things, he deserves more credit than a high grade.

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All these guys do and our head coach, well he deserves a hefty new contract, one averaging about 10 million a year.