Ohio State and Michigan each hosted very game Group of Five programs this afternoon. That is where the similarities end between the two games for Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh’s teams.
The Buckeyes dominated in-state foe Cincinnati, and former Buckeye interim head coach and longtime assistant Luke Fickell. J.K. Dobbins went for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 win.
Michigan did not cruise the same way against Army. The Black Knights took the Wolverines to double-overtime, before a late fumble cost them a chance to match Michigan, down a field goal. Jim Harbaugh’s club survived, 24-21.
During his press conference, Ohio State first year head coach Ryan Day was asked if he was aware of how the Michigan game went down.
His answer should delight Buckeye fans.
Reporter @AriWasserman: Did you see the end of the Michigan game?
Ryan Day: No. What happened?
Ari: They won it in overtime.
Ryan Day: I missed it. We were singing and dancing in the locker room.
— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 7, 2019
Entering the season, Michigan was the media favorite to win the Big Ten. Ohio State is still incredibly talented, but the team lost legendary head coach Urban Meyer, Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, and Michigan has a pretty experienced team overall.
Through two games of pretty similar competition (FAU and Cincinnati for Ohio State, Middle Tennessee and Army for Michigan), Ohio State has outscored its opponents 87-21. Michigan has been much closer, at 64-42.
Ultimately, this will settle itself, as the two sides face off in Ann Arbor on Nov. 30. Through two weeks, at least, Ohio State looks more the part of the dominant Big Ten East favorite than Michigan, regardless of what preseason expectations were.