May 29, 2024

The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in The Game to win the Big Ten East championship for the third consecutive year.

 

Michigan has only tripled up Ohio State twice in the last 26 years. The Wolverines shared the 1997 national championship the last time they experienced this level of success against their bitter rival.

With three more victories, the Wolverines will have achieved their goal of taking home the national championship.

It’s astounding to consider that in the midst of a sign-stealing scandal, Harbaugh managed to win both the Big Ten and the national championship with just six regular season games under his belt.

That he was able to accomplish this after having to part ways with Matt Weiss, Chris Patridge, Connor Stalions, and a co-offensive coordinator, all while watching his dependable lieutenant, Sherrone Moore, serve as head coach against two top-10 opponents, Ohio State and Penn State.

That he could endure all of this and still be flawless.

I would be curious to know which team, if any, wins a national championship if this one isn’t the Michigan squad.

Ohio State is defeated by Michigan for the third consecutive year.

After Week 13, these are my rankings for the Top 25.

1. Michigan (11–2)

Ohio State was defeated, 30-24.

“We proved ourselves right,” J.J. McCarthy declared following the victory on Saturday. The Wolverines have advanced to the Big Ten title game thanks to their unwavering confidence and exceptional talent.

2. The Georgia team (12-0)

defeated 31–23 Georgia Tech

The Bullldogs defeated the Yellow Jackets thanks to 156 yards and two touchdowns from Kendall Milton on the ground.

3. Washington (12-0)

won 24–21 against Washington State

The Huskies completed their first 12-0 campaign since sharing the national championship in 1991.

In the Apple Cup, No. 4 Washington defeats Washington State

4. Florida State (11-0)

won 24–15 against Florida

Without injured quarterback Jordan Travis, the Noles battled through to maintain their perfect record against the Gators.

5. The 11-1 Ohio State

Michigan defeated us, 30–24

It’s the first time the Buckeyes have lost three straight games against Michigan since 1997. Day is 0-3 in his last three appearances in The Game, but he is 41-0 against Big Ten opponents other than Michigan.

6. Oregon (11-4)

won 31–7 against Oregon State

With a victory over their in-state rival, the Ducks secured their place in the Pac-12 championship game. On Friday night, they will have the opportunity to exact revenge on the Huskies for their lone regular-season defeat.

6. Oregon (11-4)

defeated Oregon State 31–7.

The Ducks guaranteed their spot in the Pac-12 title game by defeating their in-state rival. They will get their chance to exact revenge on the Huskies for their only regular-season loss on Friday night.

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