It wasn’t hard to draw a conclusion.
Anyone who saw the Ohio State University football team dominate Oregon knows just how good the Buckeyes have become.
They are talented, deep and well coached and will be a big problem for every team they face under coach Urban Meyer. If you are a Michigan Wolverines football fan, you surely understand how Oregon feels.
Michigan has been dominated by Ohio State as well, that’s the plain and simple truth. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the past 13 matchups between the schools, including 9 of the past 10 contests.
After watching Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke struggle in the series, Michigan fans hope that Jim Harbaugh will have enough internal fire to make the annual big game an important one once again and restore the rivalry.
But that won’t be easy.
Ohio State has had what amounts to a seven-year head start over Michigan. The instability steaming from changing coaches three times in the past seven years has allowed the Buckeyes and Michigan State University to greatly surpass Michigan.
That’s what makes the Harbaugh hire so important. Because of his recent success in the NFL, Harbaugh has people all around the nation excited about Michigan again.
It’s been very telling to watch Harbaugh bring his coaching staff together. It will be mixed with phenomenal recruiters and outstanding coaches with professional and collegiate experience, and it will give Michigan a real shot to be dominant again in the Big Ten.
Ohio State and Michigan State will continue to improve under their steady coaching staffs. If Harbaugh can bring similar stability to Michigan; he will help the Wolverines and the Big Ten overall.
When you add in the consistency of Wisconsin, it’s clear to see that watching Big Ten football will be very interesting in the upcoming years. Michigan could go through a fast rebirth, although it likely won’t be as fast as some hope.
But it would not be a surprise to find Michigan a totally different program entering Harbaugh’s third year.
U-M will likely will be a team that joins its biggest greatest rivals — Ohio State and Michigan State — back in the national championship picture.
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