This game matters long after a player leaves the school, but if you ask Ohio State 2020 commit and 4-star defensive tackle Darrion Henry, it's not much of a rivalry because of the Buckeyes' recent dominance.
The hate between Michigan and Ohio State starts early.— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 13, 2019
Class of 2020 4-star DT and Buckeye commit Darrion Henry declares that The Game is no longer a rivalry.https://t.co/RwlyWYvUCM pic.twitter.com/eoq3vI88Qm
“I don’t even think that’s a rivalry anymore to be honest with you,” Henry said. “But I think for the rest of this decade Ohio State is going to keep beating them. It will be electrifying. Just a great atmosphere really.”
@CoachJim4UM Class of 2020 Buckeye commit Darrion Henry said:— BIG FISH #HAIL TO THE VICTORS (@donaldpayers) August 13, 2019
“I don’t even think that’s a rivalry anymore to be honest with you,” “But I think for the rest of this decade Ohio State is going to keep beating them. It will be electrifying. Just a great atmosphere really.”
Even though he's not at Ohio State and hasn't played a snap in college football or in one of these games, Henry does have a point. Ohio State has 14 of the last 15 meetings against Michigan.
Usually, for it to be a rivalry you need both teams to be evenly matched, but that hasn't been the case in recent years. But to say this isn't a rivalry is to erase years of history and animosity. While that might be easy for a 17-year-old, it's not the reality.
However, if your are currently on the Buckeyes, you can't be happy with these comments. The Wolverines didn't need any extra motivation coming into this year for The Game, especially after last year's 62-39 loss, but this just became bulletin board material.