The players and coaches inside the Michigan locker room want to end the hideous drought more than anyone. Everyone in Ann Arbor is sick and tired of losing to Ohio State. It doesn’t take a certified genius to understand that.

Michigan has dropped eight consecutive games to its biggest rival, and won just one contest in the last 16 meetings. It’s a trend the offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield and his teammates want to end in the 2020 season.

While the Wolverines continue to prepare for each and every game on the schedule, they’re also focusing on that matchup at the end of the year. The Dec. 12 showdown with Ohio State is always on their minds in Ann Arbor.

“Our end goal is to be 1-0 this week and to prepare for Ohio State,” Mayfield told Jon Jansen on the In The Trenches podcast. “Each week, we’re going to prepare for that team because in the back of our mind, we know we have one team  on our head, and we always want to prepare for them. I know we are super excited to get Minnesota on the clock, and we are still preparing for that last game every year, just like we always have.”

This season, “The Game” will be played in Columbus. However, home field advantage is essentially wiped away with no fan attendance permitted this season.

Each of the last two years, Ohio State has blown out Michigan on its way to a B1G title. The Wolverines are hoping to put a stop to that in 2020.