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2022 Michigan Football Preview

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SLAYING SLAYING THE DRAGON THE DRAGON 2021 Win Over OSU Shows The Path For U-M Tomorrows BY JOHN BORTON F ormer Wolverines welled up with tears of joy. Bleachers in The Big House emptied, pouring humanity galore into a communal on-field celebration. Fans danced and leaped in exhilaration. Everyone in maize and blue released pent-up primal screams and relieved shouts of "YES!" on a snowy afternoon in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes trudged from the field, van- quished. Michigan's 42-27 victory capped a season of defying the "experts" and raising hopes for the future. How it happened and how it can happen again (and again) filled the thoughts of Michigan coaches, players and fans during the long offseason. In Columbus, sup- porters raged over the affront in a series they felt their team now owned. Scarlet-faced coaches planned payback. Maybe not "hanging 100" on Michigan, like OSU coach Ryan Day foolishly mentioned last year. But not losing, either. All of it has injected life back into an undeniably com- pelling spectacle — Michigan-Ohio State — that had grown moribund in its expected outcome. The early chal- lenge Jim Harbaugh teams threw at the Buckeyes had gotten swallowed up in cringeworthy lopsided losses. Until last November. 26 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2022 FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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