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Ohio State quarterback Chris Chugunov calls signals in the second half against Miami. [Maddie Schroeder/Dispatch]

• What in the name of Ann Arbor is going on with Michigan? The Wolverines, at one point a trendy pick to win the Big Ten, trailed 28-0 — even RichRod and Fred Flintstone never trailed that badly at halftime — before losing 35-14 at Wisconsin. That’s more embarrassing than basement smell. Is Jim Har-Blah in trouble? More likely Captain Khaki will walk before UM cans him. But when? Regardless, maize and blue fans are red with anger. “Time to admit we are a helmet, a stadium and a song. Everything else is a fraud,” wrote a knife-sharpening fan on the MGoBlog message board. The Badgers, on the other hand … Oct. 26 in the Shoe could be a dandy.

• Breaking: The Buckeyes ran a quarterback sneak with Justin Fields. I repeat, Ohio State called a play that for years has only been rumored to exist in its playbook. It should be renamed Bigfoot. Anyway, you know it’s been awhile when fans get excited to see it. “OMG that QB sneak was the sexiest thing I’ve seen all year. I don’t get out much,” tweeted @mmclaughlin626. Sexy? That’s stretching it, but definitely satisfying. I like the old-school look of a QB lunging for a first down after so many years of watching fourth-and-1 attempted from the shotgun. Apparently, so do others. “Feels like first QB sneak since Hopalong (Cassady) played,” @MattTwombly1 tweeted.

• How about that Chug, huh? Yes, it came against Miami, but backup quarterback Chris Chugunov allayed some fears among Buckeye Nation by handling his duties well enough to make people stop fretting for a moment about what would happen if Fields were injured for a series or two. (We’re not ready to pronounce Chug the second coming of Kenny Guiton.) The graduate transfer from West Virginia completed 6 of 7 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns over most of the second half, although receiver Garrett Wilson made his QB look good with an acrobatic catch on one of the TDs. “I thought Chug came in and threw the ball pretty good,” coach Ryan Day said.

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