'Ryan Day is playing checkers.' Ohio State football loses to Michigan | Fan reactions

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football had been preparing for Michigan all season long.

Leading into the 118th edition of "The Game," the Buckeyes were preparing to make a statement against the rival Wolverines for their first meeting at Ohio Stadium since 2018.

"Three hundred and sixty five days since that God-forsaken day at the Team Up North," Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline said at the pregame Skull Session. "For 365 days, we've heard them talk. For 365 days, I had to watch them attack our head coach, attack our quarterback and attack Buckeye nation.

"Instead of getting loud and trying to respond on social media, we got quiet. We circled a date on the calendar Nov. 26, 2022. And we went to work. And we knew what we did in the dark, what we do, what we did in the quiet will someday come to light. Today is that light."

Instead, Ohio State fell short on its home turf, falling to Michigan 45-23 at Ohio Stadium for the first time in 2000.

Here's how fans are responding to the Buckeyes' latest loss on social media.

One former Ohio State safety was questioning the Buckeyes' defensive play call after Cornelius Johnson's first TD reception

Another former Ohio State RB made his feelings on the Buckeyes' defense clear

Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. continued to turn heads

But Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy put on a show against Ohio State's defense

Was this Michigan's plan all along?

'Harbaugh is playing chess right now'

Michigan fans are flocking to Twitter to celebrate

Ohio State remains dedicated...

One person represents how most Ohio State fans feel

Ohio State football's 2022 schedule

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