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Podcast: Ohio State is hungry to dominate The Game, and it shows

We know they’re more talented than Michigan, but they’re also more focused.

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Just to repeat what literally everyone’s said since the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 56-27 thrashing of the Michigan Wolverines:

Ohio State is more talented than Michigan, and that’s the main reason they win The Game every year.

The Buckeyes’ ability to collect blue-chip talent and replenish it every season puts them on a level that only Alabama and Clemson are on, and —despite recruiting very well— Michigan just isn’t in the same neighborhood. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s add another reason why Ohio State dominates the game:

They’re hungrier.

Whether you agree with Justin Fields or not, there’s something to be said for the way that Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, and now Ryan Day approach the Michigan game with almost a maniacal intensity year round. It’s hard to argue with the results.

On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, I talk about how Ohio State has taken preparation for The Game to the next level, and what stood out to me yesterday, including:

  • Being impressed with Ryan Day’s in-game coaching
  • The offensive line absolutely bullying Michigan’s front seven
  • J.K. Dobbins’ all-time performance
  • Justin Fields being one of the toughest S.O.B’s in Ohio State history
  • Shaun Wade’s absence, and why I’m so scared of the linebackers playing against a team like LSU, Clemson or Oklahoma
  • Why I think this game was a bigger beatdown than last year, and more. Listen below: