If the Michigan team that beat Notre Dame shows up vs. Ohio State, anything is possible

Hassan Haskins, Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)
Hassan Haskins, Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images) /

If the Michigan Wolverines play like they did against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday night, maybe the have a shot vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Michigan Wolverines put a triumphant final nail in the coffin of their rivalry with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday night. This rivalry series will be going dormant until 2033, with the Wolverines having bragging rights for the next 14 years after humiliating the Golden Domers in the Big House in the rain in primetime.

While it might be a two-loss team handing a previously once-defeated team a second loss, what a performance by the Wolverines. This was a complete and utter beatdown of a bitter rival in the rain that nobody saw coming. Wasn’t this supposed to be a close one in Ann Arbor? Regardless of how close we thought this game could be, what does it say about the Wolverines going forward?

The Wolverines still have to play four more Big Ten East foes to round out their regular-season slate. While the Maryland Terrapins are struggling under first-year head coach Mike Locksley, the Indiana Hoosiers are going bowl at 6-2 already. But we all know the two really big important games left on the Michigan slate: the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michigan State is having close to an impossible time scoring points of late, so much so that head coach Mark Dantonio‘s seat is getting a little warm. The Wolverines should win that rivalry game in Ann Arbor. But what about the Buckeyes, who just put a thorough whooping on a team that clobbered the Wolverines a few weeks ago in Madison in the Wisconsin Badgers?

If the Wolverines play like this again Thanksgiving Weekend, then who is to say that Michigan can’t beat Ohio State for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era? In a game that throwing the ball was a challenge, Michigan ran it 57 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns. When they had to throw it, Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey completed eight combined passes for three touchdowns.

Okay, the Wolverines need to do better than 8-of-14 passing for 134 yards, three touchdowns and no picks to beat juggernaut Ohio State at regular season’s end. Michigan will need the Penn State Nittany Lions to lose three times in November and hand the Buckeyes a second conference loss to have a miracle run at the conference title, but the Wolverines can still beat Ohio State.

It’s not a one-in-a-million chance but’s not a great one either. Truthfully, it’s not happening, but anything is possible. If Saturday night showed us anything, it is that an A-game out of Michigan against a rival team in 2019 can happen. The Wolverines have it in them. They will need another A-game, plus something close to B-minus out of the Buckeyes to win, but you never you know.

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