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Michigan Football Has Ryan Day, Ohio State “Devastated”

After a third-straight win over Ohio State, Michigan football has Ryan Day and the Buckeyes devastated.



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Nov. 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Mi., USA; Helmets for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines decorate the on-field set for ESPNÕs College GameDay before SaturdayÕs NCAA Division I football game at Michigan Stadium.

When Jim Harbaugh first got to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines were on the wrong side of their rivalry with the Buckeyes. Aside from a lone win over a crippled OSU team in 2011, Michigan football was yet to really see any success against Ohio State football in nearly two decades, that is, until Jim Harbaugh shocked Ryan Day back in 2021. Fast forward to this afternoon’s game, and Ohio State has now lost three straight, a loss that Ryan Day says is “devastating.”

Michigan football earns third-straight win over Ohio State Buckeyes

Before Ryan Day took over Ohio State in 2019, Urban Meyer was the head coach of the Buckeyes, going 7-0 against Michigan football throughout his tenure in Columbus. Speaking of the 2019 season, that was Ohio State’s last win — and Day’s only win — against the Maize and Blue.

Since then, Michigan football has won 42-27, 45-23, and today, 30-24, completely turning the tide in their fierce rivalry with the Buckeyes. Day’s 1-3 record against Michigan has many Buckeye fans calling for him to be on the hot seat, especially since he lost to a Wolverines squad without some of their top players — such as Will Johnson and Zak Zinter — as well as missing head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Ryan Day and Co. devastated by another loss against the Wolverines

The win for Michigan football is thrilling, though, as Ryan Day said afterward, the loss is devastating for the Buckeyes.

“(We keep) what we talk about in the locker room to ourselves, but we’re all disappointed,” Ryan Day said after suffering his third-straight loss to Michigan football on Saturday. “We know what this game means to so many people, and to come up short, it’s crushing. You invest your whole year in it, and we know — at Ohio State — what this game means. And so there is a locker room in there that is devastated.

“It wasn’t a lack of effort,” Day added. “We didn’t win in rushing yards, and we didn’t win the turnover battle. So, (Ohio State) is not gonna win the game.”

While Ohio State is now down to 11-1 on the season, Michigan football improves to 12-0 for the second consecutive year, punching their ticket to the Big Ten title game and likely the College Football Playoff as well.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.