ESPN Turning Back The Clock To 2016

If you're a Buckeye fan looking for TV entertainment during this COVID-19 sports drought, ESPN might quench your thirst tonight. As part of their Thursday night series of college football's greatest games, the 2016 Ohio State/Michigan game will be broadcast and will feature more than just the game itself. According to the network, the broadcast will include interviews with some of those who participated including former Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett and retired Buckeye coach Urban Meyer, who went a perfect 7-0 vs. Michigan. The 2016 game, along with 2013 in Ann Arbor, were the closest Meyer came to losing "The Game." Tyvis Powell's interception of a Devin Gardner pass on a 2-point conversion attempt preserved a 42-41 win in 2013, while the Buckeye defense and late game heroics by Barrett and Curtis Samuel helped the Buckeyes survive 30-27 in the 2 OT win in 2016.

The 2016 victory did not win the Big Ten title for Ohio State. Penn State, because of its 24-21 win over the Buckeyes in Happy Valley, had the tie-breaker and went on to beat Wisconsin in the conference title game. The win, however prevented Michigan from going to Indianapolis, and turned out to be enough to get the Buckeyes into the college football playoff. The season ended in a disappointing 31-0 loss to Clemson in the national semi-finals, but that shut-out loss brought about a change that has elevated Ohio State even more. After the Clemson game, Meyer moved on from offensive coordinator Ed Warriner and quarterback coach Tim Beck, and brought in Kevin Wilson and a guy by the name of Ryan Day. Ohio State is 38-4 since then, with three consecutive Big Ten titles and wins in the Cotton and Rose Bowls. In Day's three Michigan games, the first two as offensive coordinator and this past year, as head coach, Ohio State has averaged 50 points a game, winning by an average of 21 points. Day has gone 16-1 as Ohio State's head coach, with the only loss coming in somewhat controversial fashion in the national semi-finals to Clemson.

ESPN's airing of the 2016 Ohio State/Michigan game will begin at 7 P.M. Eastern tonight.