Michigan's win over Ohio State among ESPN's 21 best moments of the season
This has been a special season for the Michigan Wolverines. A 12-1 year, a Big Ten championship, a berth in the College Football Playoff, and a win over hated Ohio State. Things have gone well for UM.
With conference championships decided, the Heisman Trophy awarded, bowls announced, and the wait for the CFP’s semifinal games on, ESPN shared the 21 best moments of the season that was on Monday.
As you might expect, Michigan’s win over Ohio State made that list.
Here’s what ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg wrote about the day:
We could look back at Nov. 27, 2021, as the turning point for Michigan football. The program hadn’t beaten Ohio State in a decade, and had been largely noncompetitive in recent losses. But on a snowy day, before an amped-up home crowd at Michigan Stadium, the Wolverines broke through. They didn’t just beat the Buckeyes, they dominated them, using a style that coach Jim Harbaugh had always espoused but which hadn’t yet come together. The Wolverines completely controlled the line of scrimmage, ran for 297 yards and six touchdowns and bullied a team they hadn’t beaten for a decade. When the game ended, Michigan fans mobbed the field, setting off a celebration that will never be forgotten in Ann Arbor.
Ohio State was by far the biggest obstacle for Harbaugh and his players. While few are expecting Michigan to completely flip the series in the coming years, the Wolverines’ victory — and subsequent Big Ten title — provides some much-needed balance in the Big Ten and the national title race.
The 42-27 win over the Buckeyes marked the first win for Michigan in the series since 2011 and coach Jim Harbaugh’s first in 6 tries. Michigan used that performance as a springboard, avoided an emotional hangover, and trounced Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship Game to claim the program’s first outright conference title since 2003.
Now, it’ll hope to keep making memories. The Wolverines battle No. 2 Georgia (12-1) on Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl for a spot in the CFP National Championship Game.