It is good to try and stay productive while being safe and social distancing during these times. For Michigan coaches, the focus from the couch turns to the game that is almost always on their minds: Ohio State.
The Wolverines last beat the Buckeyes in 2011, the year before Urban Meyer took over in Columbus. We're closing in on a full decade of strife for the maize and blue. In that time, there were very close calls in 2012, 2013, and especially the overtime game in 2016. The last two years have been ugly, though.
In 2018, OSU trounced Michigan, 62–39. With the upheaval in Columbus last offseason, specifically Urban Meyer's departure, the Wolverines entered the season as the Big Ten favorite. Instead, Ohio State was incredible once again, reaching the College Football Playoff. That included a 57-26 blowout of their archrival.
Michigan had some hope early on. On the first drive, Shea Patterson led the offense 75 yards down the field. Things were capped off with a 22 yard touchdown on a reverse to Giles Jackson, who opened the scoring. That was the drive that offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was focused on, as he gets some film in today.
Assuming things this fall go ahead at scheduled, Michigan will open up on the road. The Wolverines head to Washington on Sept. 5. Gattis and Jim Harbaugh will be breaking in a new quarterback as well. Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton, and Cade McNamara should have a spirited battle for the job, one made more uncertain by the lack of spring reps this year. Michigan travels to Ohio State on Nov. 28. [
Corona may limit us to work from home...... but don’t think we’re sleeping! 2019 is over but the lessons learned live on! 2020 we won’t be so kind to beat ourselves ...
The BluePrint is out! We have only☝🏽 thing on our 〽️ind! #ARealOnepic.twitter.com/OXdtM20S5H
— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) March 17, 2020