Wednesday marked 3,000 days since the Ohio State Buckeyes last lost to the Michigan Wolverines on the gridiron. Due to Wednesdays now being called NFL Mock Draft Wednesdays, this is a day late, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the scarlet and gray have dominated in The Game for much of the last two decades, including winning each of the last eight matchups against their biggest rival, Ohio State’s longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry.
The Buckeyes last lost to Michigan on November 26, 2011. That seems really long ago (and it was). The Buckeyes struggled that season, finishing 6-7 just one year removed from head coach Jim Tressel and one year before Urban Meyer came back to Columbus, with interim head coach Luke Fickell leading the way. Prior to that, the Wolverines last won The Game all the way back in 2003.
While Michigan still owns the longest win streak (nine games between 1901-09), they also still are in the lead for the all-time record between the two, at 58-51-6. That said, don’t let that distract you from the fact that Ohio State has dominated the Wolverines lately. So much that they are inching closer and closer to tying up the all-time record and setting a bunch of records in the rivalry while doing so.
So, since it’s been 3,000 days since Ohio State last lost in The Game, let’s take a look at what was (and wasn’t) around, what all has changed and taken place over the last eight years, and what happened in 2011, which seems so long ago:
Courtesy of Eleven Warriors’ Kevin Harrish:
OHIO STATE’S RECORD AGAINST MICHIGAN SINCE…
- Televisions introduced (1926): 48–41–4
- The discovery of penicillin (1928): 48–39–4
- The invention of radar (1935): 43–36–4
- The completion of the first general-purpose computer, ENIAC (1946): 39–30–3
- The sound barrier was broken (1947): 39–29–3
- The discovery of DNA (1953): 38–25–2
- Man lands on the moon (1969): 27–20–2
- Apple II released (1977): 23–17–1
- Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989): 18–10–1
- Internet becomes available to general public (1991): 18–8–1
- Google founded (1998): 17–4
- YouTube launched (2005): 13–1
Remember when this past season was supposed to be “the season for Jim Harbaugh to finally beat Ohio State”? Whether it was due to Day’s first season leading the way in Columbus, The Game being in Ann Arbor, or something else, that still didn’t matter. The Buckeyes’ dominance still continued, and, honestly, after what took place just a few short months ago, this streak may continue for quite a while. I mean, Michigan did just give Harbaugh a contract extension, which sure made the Buckeyes happy.
The Game may not seem like much of a rivalry right now given Ohio State’s dominance, but I’m sure all of Buckeye Nation doesn’t mind that. Hopefully, the dominance continues for the foreseeable future.