- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Apparently the old-fashioned bulletin board isn’t the spot for motivational trash talk anymore.
In the digital age, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner’s prediction of a win over Ohio State this season spread through the locker room a bit differently. But regardless of how the Buckeyes saw the comments, word still got around.
“It made Instagram,” Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said Thursday at Big Ten media days. “So, guys took that but, I mean, we can’t really say anything until we actually play.
“We always could stay stuff, but we’ve got to work hard and get to that point at the last game of the season and just dominate. Shut up the doubters.”
The Buckeyes silenced them a year ago by wrapping up a perfect season with a win at the Horseshoe against their hated rivals, a 26-21 decision that provided another memorable chapter in the storied series.
But Gardner vowed earlier this summer that the Wolverines would get a measure of revenge on their home turf in November, and his radio appearance on the “The Huge Show” on station WBBL was quickly noticed by Ohio State.
“We always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the Big House against Ohio State,” Gardner said in June. “We don’t feel we’re inferior to anyone in the country, and we’re going to give it our all.”
Miller apparently didn’t feel the need to offer his own guarantee to match his opposite number at quarterback, indicating it was “too early” right now to worry about the Wolverines with 11 games on the schedule before then.
But once those are out of the way, the Buckeyes might be firing up Instagram once again.
“I’m sure it will come up about 12 weeks from now,” Buckeyes offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said. “ ... We will talk about it a little bit, but I really don’t have anything to say about it right now.”
The final word, of course, will come on Nov. 30. But the bad blood between the rivals obviously never stops flowing.