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Former Michigan Star Braylon Edwards: Wolverines Are 'Light Years' Behind Ohio State

Braylon Edwards goes up for a catch during Michigan vs. Ohio State.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 20: Braylon Edwards #1 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to catch a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 20, 2004 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Former Michigan football star and No. 3 pick Braylon Edwards has been one of the most outspoken former Wolverines in the media over the last few years.

He hasn't been afraid to criticize his alma mater, or head coach Jim Harbaugh, during that time. It has gotten him into a bit of trouble in the past.

Last fall, Edwards had to apologize after some expletive-laden tweets ripping Shea Patterson and the Michigan offense. That earned him a suspension from the Big Ten Network.

While he was a bit more reserved last week after Michigan struggled to get past Army, he doesn't think the Wolverines stack up with their main competition at the moment: Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are on a seven-game winning streak in The Game, and have won 14 of 15 match-ups.

Edwards recently joined The DA Show on CBS Sports Radio to discuss where the two rivals stand, and he doesn't think his former program is in the same league as the Buckeyes right now.

When asked if Michigan is falling behind Ohio State:

“Falling? We fell. It’s past tense. We’re light years behind Ohio State right now.”

Braylon Edwards thinks Jim Harbaugh's approach to the rivalry may be a problem. Ohio State readily admits that beating Michigan is an every-day goal of the program. Harbaugh, he says, treats it like another game in November until that week rolls around.

“My biggest concern, if I’m being honest . . . I know the pressure, and I know the respect and I know the emphasis that they put on that Michigan game,” Edwards said of Ohio State. “Three-hundred-sixty-five days a year, they are breathing, living, hating – they can’t even say our name. They hate us so much. When they go into that game, that’s that old-school, 1960s football, Friday Night Lights in Texas – that’s the atmosphere. That’s what they bring to the table when they play us. You can feel it on them. You can almost smell the hate when you play against them.

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“That’s not the way you approach that game,” he said. “I know it’s cliche to say you approach every team like you approach any other team. That’s B.S. You approach certain teams differently. We got to start approaching that game from the standpoint that they do. I feel like when we go into that game, you’re looking at two different preparation systems.”

Conceptually, Harbaugh's approach makes sense, and it is what most coaches would say in his position. You can't deny Ohio State's success though.

Not only have the Buckeyes dominated the Wolverines in the last 15 years, but they've been the much more successful program nationally as well.

[CBS Sports Radio]