A lot of us have been speculating why we came out so flat on Saturday. Some say it was talent gap, others say scheme, etc.
My theory is they were mentally and physically exhausted from having to "get up" for yet another rivalry game.
From the lows of the loss of the opening game with Notre Dame to the highs of the MSU win and then going to Columbus to play for a chance to win the conference is just too much for any athlete.
Putting Notre Dame back on the schedule was dumb. They gain more than we do. We have a conference that will give us quality wins. They don't. Fuck them if they are too arrogant, cowardly, or greedy to join a conference. Schedule a home and home with a solid beatable program like Boise, Arkansas, VaTech, Duke, or somebody like that.
Michigan State is and should be our true rival. We share hate, location, and similar quality of talent/coaching with them. This is the only game Michigan should have to "get up" for on the schedule.
Sad to say but it's clear to me now that Ohio State, like Bama, Oklahoma, and Clemson in their conferences just is on a higher level. We shouldn't EXPECT to beat them. It will be nice to beat them every once in awhile but it's like Indiana or Northwestern expecting to beat us...It's silly.
I think going into seasons with this mentality will help both fans and the football program.