Here are 5 things we learned from Ohio State's 42-27 loss to Michigan

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It was a humbling end to Ohio State's eight-game win streak over Michigan, and a shocking one at that.

The Buckeyes will be home next week to watch the Wolverines play Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game, an end few saw after OSU ripped apart Michigan State last week.

Now as they prepare for whatever bowl game is coming, the Buckeyes' thoughts will be on next year and how to get back on top.

Here are five things we learned about the Buckeyes from their 42-27 loss on Saturday:

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Bryson Shaw (17) chases Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins (25) during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Ohio State lost 42-27.
Ohio State Buckeyes safety Bryson Shaw (17) chases Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins (25) during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Ohio State lost 42-27.

The defense is not fixed. Not even close

This defeat felt worse than the Oregon fiasco, because the Ducks' win could somewhat be written off as being outschemed. Or being young and confused. Or, incorrectly, on Kerry Coombs.

This was a loss due to a fundamental inability to stop what you knew what was coming. Even sound teams can be fooled. But great teams are not bullied.

The Buckeyes might need better schemes, but mostly they need run-stuffing linebackers and consistency in the secondary.

Whoever is the defensive coordinator next year will be asked to address those issues first.

Ohio State will face the 'soft' question for a year now

All season, the first thing people talked about when referencing the Buckeyes was the crazy-good passing game. A flashy offense. Video-game play-calling.

Those things will return next year, even with the departures of star receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. But now there's a big "They're talented, but ...."

The Buckeyes were outmuscled on Saturday. They weren't tough enough in the trenches on either side of the ball, and in the Big Ten that's about the worst thing that can be said about you. In the Pac-12? Who cares? But in these parts, physicality is required.

Now coach Ryan Day and whoever is the new defensive coordinator will be continually asked about losing in the trenches.

You can't outscore everyone all the time. You need a backup plan that comes with a running game and defensive gap-filling.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) complains about a false start with offensive lineman Luke Wypler (53) and offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) during the second quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) complains about a false start with offensive lineman Luke Wypler (53) and offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) during the second quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

The young Buckeyes were not ready for the moment

False starts. Ripping a helmet off an opponent, right in the middle of the field. Inability to play physical football when you knew it was coming. Two bad snaps to the quarterback.

A team filled with young four- and five-star players who had never played in a Michigan-Ohio State game learned firsthand what all the talk is about. It starts with deafening stadium noise but escalates from there.

The Buckeyes committed 10 penalties for 66 yards. Michigan was whistled twice for 20. That's discipline and experience.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates on the sideline after beating Ohio State Buckeyes 42-27 in a NCAA College football at Michigan Stadium at Ann Arbor, Mi on November  27, 2021.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates on the sideline after beating Ohio State Buckeyes 42-27 in a NCAA College football at Michigan Stadium at Ann Arbor, Mi on November 27, 2021.

Jim Harbaugh remains ungracious

You have to give Jim Harbaugh credit for how he had his team ready to play and ready for the moment. But just once, you'd love to also compliment how the Michigan coach handles ... well, anything.

When he loses, he complains about the officiating. When he wins, he does so with too much arrogance. That goes back to his days at Stanford (Google "Harbaugh What's Your Deal")

On Saturday, after he lifted his record to 1-5 against Ohio State, he chose to throw a dart at Day, basically saying the Ohio State coach has no right to take any credit for any Buckeye success in the series.

Asked after the game about trash talking from Ohio State in recent years, Harbaugh said, "Some people were born on third and think they hit a triple."

Just once, you'd like to see humility.

Michigan Wolverines linebacker David Ojabo (55) abnd defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) celebrate a sack of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the third quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Michigan Wolverines linebacker David Ojabo (55) abnd defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) celebrate a sack of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the third quarter of the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

Either Aidan Hutchinson is J.J. Watt or the Ohio State tackles were overrated

Aidan Hutchinson was the force that C.J. Stroud had not experienced this year. He had three sacks, giving him 13 for the year, and three tackles for loss. He looked like a top-five draft pick.

Until Saturday, the Buckeyes had given Stroud a lot of time to operate the Buckeyes' high-powered offense. Hutchinson and David Ojabo wrecked that.

The College Football Playoff schedule

Here are the dates to know for the College Football Playoff:

  • Selection show: Noon Dec. 5 on ESPN

  • Cotton Bowl: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN

  • Orange Bowl: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN

  • College Football Playoff national championship game: 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 on ESPN

Week 13 College Football Playoff rankings

  1. Georgia 11-0

  2. Ohio State 10-1

  3. Alabama 10-1

  4. Cincinnati 11-0

  5. Michigan 10-1

  6. Notre Dame 10-1

  7. Oklahoma State 10-1

  8. Baylor 9-2

  9. Ole Miss 9-2

  10. Oklahoma 10-1

  11. Oregon 9-2

  12. Michigan State 9-2

  13. BYU 9-2

  14. Wisconsin 8-3

  15. Texas A&M 8-3

  16. Iowa 9-2

  17. Pittsburgh 9-2

  18. Wake Forest 9-2

  19. Utah 8-3

  20. NC State 8-3

  21. San Diego State 10-1

  22. UTSA 11-0

  23. Clemson 8-3

  24. Houston 10-1

  25. Arkansas 7-4

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