Urban Meyer never lost to Michigan during his tenure as Ohio State's head football coach. After watching him reflect on his rivalry with the Wolverines in an interview with 10TV in Columbus, it's not hard to see why.
The former Ohio State head coach treated the game like life or death. Losing to Michigan was simply not an option, he said.
"I was raised that you could lose all games but never lose that game. Now, obviously that's not true anymore, that's really never been true. But I was brainwashed. I was in that Woody Hayes Era – that was the enemy."
"That's not a big game, that's not a big week. That's part of life," Meyer added.
Meyer's final game against Michigan came in 2018. The Buckeyes beat a Wolverines' team that was on a "Revenge Tour." One Michigan player, running back Karan Higdon, even guaranteed a victory.
Ohio State won that game, 62-39.
Meyer revealed in his interview that he felt "disrespected" by the Wolverines heading into that game. Eleven Warriors has more:
As for his favorite Michigan memories, Meyer said the 2016 double-overtime game was the hardest game he ever coached in his life, but the 2018 win was probably his favorite, partially because he felt disrespected due to Michigan's "Revenge Tour" shirts and Karan Higdon's guarantee of victory.
"When I saw one of their players guarantee a win, I can't believe I watched that," Meyer said.
Meyer said they even considered trying to add another touchdown – and going for two.
The lesson: Don't disrespect Urban Meyer before a rivalry game.
Or, even better, just don't play him. The former Ohio State head coach went 7-0 against That Team Up North.
Jim Harbaugh will look to beat Ryan Day and get his first win over the Buckeyes on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on FOX.