Ohio State commit: Michigan-OSU is no longer a rivalry

The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is one of the greatest in all of sports, and one of the reasons for that is because it endures long after the players have ended their collegiate careers.

In many cases, the rivalry actually begins before a player dons the jersey of one of the two teams. Take Darrion Henry, a four-star defensive tackle in the 2020 signing class, for example. Henry has been committed to the Buckeyes for roughly two months now, and he’s already firing some shots at the Wolverines in the media.

Henry plays at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bucknuts was there for his media day on Monday. During his media availability, Henry discussed the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State. Actually, he dismissed it as a rivalry due to the Buckeyes’ dominance over the Wolverines in recent years.

“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.”

Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two programs, with one of those wins getting vacated, but that would still be a bold declaration for a current or former Buckeye to make. A recruit, who still has yet to play a snap for Ohio State, saying that definitely won’t sit well with players or fans in Ann Arbor. Michigan really didn’t need any extra motivation for 2019’s edition of The Game, especially following last year’s embarrassing 62-39 loss.

Senior offensive guard for Michigan Ben Bredeson is one of a number of players and staff who have used the word “embarrassing” to describe last November’s blowout at the hands of Ohio State.

"It’s embarrassing when you finish in that fashion like that. It's something that should never happen at Michigan," Bredeson said at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. "It happened to us, and it's something we have to live with for another year until we get to play them again at the end of November."

Bredeson also said that the Wolverines think about that loss “every single day.” Michigan was already going to be a motivated team coming into The Game this season, but Henry may have dumped a little fuel on the fire. Then again, that type of talk is part of what makes the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State one of the best the sport has to offer.

Henry is a four-star recruit and the No. 17 player at his position in the 2020 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

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