J.K. Dobbins ahead of The Game: 'We want to keep beating them and keep that tradition going'
Seeking their eighth straight victory over the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines, the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor for the annual showdown between the two historic programs on Saturday.
Ahead of the action kicking off at 12:00PM ET on FOX, junior tailback J.K. Dobbins caught up with Matt Leinart, an analyst for the network, on Friday.
CFB on FOX shared video of the conversation between the two college football greats on Twitter:
"I think it's the greatest rivalry of them all. We want to keep beating them."@OhioStateFB RB @Jkdobbins22 meets with @MattLeinartQB to talk about The Game and what it means to be in the Heisman conversation ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/NaKP4yzXcW
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“I think it’s the greatest rivalry of them all,” Dobbins began.
“The team up north (Michigan), great program, a lot of tradition over there. But we’ve had their number and we want to keep beating them and keep that tradition going.
“It means a lot to even play in the game because you have a lot of legends that have played in it. I think it’s a great, great rivalry.”
A native of La Grange, Texas, Dobbins committed to then-head coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State in March 2016 without even visiting the campus. Wanting to continue the Buckeyes’ long tradition of outstanding running back play, he has certainly lived up to the billing.
Eclipsing 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his three seasons donning the scarlet and grey, Dobbins is now third on Ohio State’s all-time rushing chart with 3,902 yards – just 59 yards shy of tying Ezekiel Elliott for second on the list.
Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin is the Buckeyes’ all-time leader with 5,589 yards.