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Devin Gardner calls his shot, says Michigan ‘will’ beat Ohio State

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Five months ahead of the annual renewal of one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, one member of one side of the Michigan-Ohio State loath-fest is already adding a little spice to the 2013 edition of The Game.

Appearing on a radio show Monday, and by way of mlive.com, starting UM quarterback Devin Gardner was asked about the state of the Wolverines program heading into the 2013 season.  His unfiltered response?  Bulletin board material for the Buckeyes, as if that’s even necessary.

“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 during the interview. “We don’t feel like we’re inferior to anyone in the country.”

The Wolverines have beaten the Buckeyes just once (the 2010 OSU win was vacated because of NCAA sanctions) since 2003, a six-point win in 2011 in the season after Jim Tressel‘s “resignation” and the season before Urban Meyer‘s hiring.

In his first start against the Buckeyes last season, Gardner went 11 of 20 for 171 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and one interception.  He was also sacked four times in the 26-21 loss in Columbus.

This year’s version of The Game will take place Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor… and Gardner’s words will do nothing but reinforce the notion that the matchup will once again be must-see TV — especially as a trip to the Big Ten championship game for both schools could very well be on the line.

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60 Responses to “Devin Gardner calls his shot, says Michigan ‘will’ beat Ohio State”
  1. arrogantnation says: Jun 24, 2013 6:30 PM

    Talk is cheap, play the game.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 24, 2013 6:34 PM

    I am glad Devin is confident. Confidence is important. However, only if he and his team mates are truly prepared for the defense they will face with the Buckeyes and the offense their defense will face, will they be competitive in the fourth quarter.

  3. tendigitpoet says: Jun 24, 2013 6:48 PM

    I ain’t mad at him. I certainly wouldn’t want a QB on any team I cared about saying out loud he thought his team would lose.

  4. inhokewetrust says: Jun 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    I told him to say that….

  5. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jun 24, 2013 7:18 PM

    Michigan BARELY beat the worst Ohio State team in a Century 2 seasons ago. Other than that, the last time Michigan Beat OSU was 2003. Gardner needs to just STFU and work on his game instead of running his mouth. He also needs to beat Michigan State as well…

  6. necr0philia says: Jun 24, 2013 7:33 PM

    PBBE needs to just STFU and work on his game instead of running his mouth. See how that works.

  7. gr3710 says: Jun 24, 2013 7:36 PM

    OSU will choke, this isnt any breaking news

  8. normtide says: Jun 24, 2013 7:56 PM

    Would I favor UM over OSU right now? Nope. But, this kid SHOULD feel like they will win. This sort of thing happens every year before the Iron Bowl. The under dog team has a player that says they will win. It never bothers me and shouldn’t bother any OSU fan. No game has ever been won during a radio interview. Don’t blame the kid, he said nothing wrong.

  9. bertenheim says: Jun 24, 2013 7:56 PM

    It’s the only game in which OSU won’t be favored by 3 TDs. They should be real cocky by then. And untested.

  10. dkhhuey says: Jun 24, 2013 7:57 PM

    Thanks for the bulletin board material Devin! I’m sure you’re going to meet many many Buckeyes on that day reminding you of it while you lay on the turf wondering where your mouthpiece has been jettisoned!!! See last year’s picture of Zack Boren standing over you!!!

  11. barkleyblows says: Jun 24, 2013 8:24 PM

    Bahahaha. Thanks for the laugh. Meatchicken doesn’t stand a chance.

  12. overratedgators says: Jun 24, 2013 8:44 PM

    I imagine Hoke has got to be a little annoyed with Gardner over this. How dare he say “State” after “Ohio”.

  13. garyleee says: Jun 24, 2013 9:10 PM

    Ohio fans seem to forget the John Cooper era. That was a lot of fun for us. I totally respect Jim Trussell. Finally back to the Bo vs Woody days again. The Dogfight resumes in November!!!! Go Blue

  14. jrs45 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:16 PM

    I’ve got OSU winning the B1G this upcoming season. I really don’t see any team better than OSU. Every now and then teams like Michigan St. Wisconsin and Purdue pull off a win vs them but Meyer has them ahead of the game. This means only 1 thing…..expect OSU in a lot of BCS games….Head slap!

  15. irishdodger says: Jun 24, 2013 9:45 PM

    I don’t care for either team, but I’d favor tOSU. That being said, isn’t it likely they’ll rematch in the B1G championship game? If so, I’d typically take the loser of the first match up to win the rematch.

  16. thraiderskin says: Jun 24, 2013 9:46 PM

    I expect him to say this… but we will see Mr. Gardner, we will see.

  17. mj1783 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:48 PM

    It’s fine to be confident but why add fuel to the fire? OSU is already more talented than UM and Urban is gonna make sure those boys are plenty focused on The Game. Add to it that a win over Michigan could vault the Bucks into a B1G title game and eventually, possibly THE title game…I just think it’s unnecessary for anyone to practically guarantee victories just yet.

  18. mediocrebob says: Jun 24, 2013 10:38 PM

    A: anyone who calls Michigan “meatchicken” deserves anything bad that comes their way.
    ( I live in Columbus and people think its hilarious…if that tells you anything about Ohioans)
    B: although you want a confident QB that believes his team will win, be confident in the locker room with your team. Why would you ever give a team that hates you and has dominated you more motives?

    C: Ohio state’s schedule is an absolute joke.

    D: the term “meatchicken” is not funny, nor does it seem to bother Michigan fans. I’m not sure why it would.

  19. dkhhuey says: Jun 24, 2013 11:05 PM

    @mediocre – for somebody that isn’t bothered by the use of that word – you seemed pretty pissed off about it!

  20. phinsfan520 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:23 PM

    *******58-44-6***********

    tOSU talks big but you constantly forget one minor detail: YOU ARE TRYING TO CATCH UP TO US!!! If you win every year, providing you won’t get sanctioned again (cheaters are always cheaters), see you in 2027 when you finally even this up! Problem is that “gap” in talent is closing fast for you. Hell, Peppers alone is looking like a shoe-in for 2017 for our second defensive Heisman. Odds arent looking good fellas, maybe spend more time recuiting math majors rather than running backs, just an ideal. HAIL to the VICTORS!

  21. normtide says: Jun 24, 2013 11:27 PM

    Wow, a shoe in got Heisman in 2017? That really makes your entire post seen ludicrous

  22. jrs45 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:58 PM

    Phinsfan,

    Face it OSU has owned you guys it’s a known fact. No one cares about the early 1900s when you won every year. Fact is you guys have 2 championships since 73 correct? Since UM claims to be so smart, do yourselves a favor and stop scheduling against SEC teams……Errrr Roll Tide!

    P.S.

    Remember that Clowney hit? Boom!

  23. cwallace94 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:17 AM

    Every school schedules cupcakes at the beginning of the year. UM did it with App St. How did that turn out? Alabama did it with, well, UM last year. It’s not the 20’s and 30’s anymore. Yes UM won a lot of games during prohibition. WOW! Once a cheater always a cheater? How about that Fab 5? Cheated AND lost! TWICE!!! The Bucks were punished for selling their awards. UM wouldn’t know anything about that. Gotta win first.

  24. mediocrebob says: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 AM

    @dkhhuey

    Nope. Just not funny at all. Not sure why or what makes it funny. Be creative and think of something better than that.

    I don’t have a dog in the fight. I couldn’t care less. I also understand teams schedule cupcakes early, but with the B1G in the state they are, OSU and Michigan play cupcakes all year until they face each other and OSU has made them look like a joke.

  25. dumbpollack says: Jun 25, 2013 8:23 AM

    Gardner said this out of fear. His HC, Coach Lard has threatened to eat him if they don’t beat the Bucks. Urban Frank Meyer walks on water!!!!!

  26. dkhhuey says: Jun 25, 2013 9:49 AM

    @mediocre – I agree – meatchickens don’t do it for me! I’ll go with what Woody used The School up North! I also like Ann Arbor Community College when somebody uses Ohio instead of Ohio State just to be a dick once in a while!!!

    @phins – please! Nobody cares when you were beating up teams in 1905. Keep it within our lifetime!

  27. florida727 says: Jun 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    I’ve got no dog in the fight, I’m a Florida fan, but I sure do love this rivalry. Good friend of mine goes to the game every year as a Buckeye grad. It’s definitely one of the games I mark on the calendar to watch. Can we finally get rid of July and August and get into September already? JT, how are your negotiations going to get rid of these meaningless intervening months?

  28. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    florida727:

    Law enforcement unions said too many officers and deputies would be out of work if there were not the “intervening months”, so, for now, the “intervening months” have to stay.

    This is a good rivalry. With so many other good rivalries being compromised or eliminated because of realignment, it is good to see this one burning brightly.

    We (LSU) lost our rivalry with Tulane and the age old one with Ole Miss, well they just haven’t been there usually in recent decades, so we have to enjoy the good rivalries that remain and OSU and Michigan are one of the best in terms of fan support and fervor.

  29. cbass59 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:54 AM

    Meat$hitcan.

  30. mediocrebob says: Jun 25, 2013 6:47 PM

    I get it ^

  31. mtheparrothead says: Jun 25, 2013 7:06 PM

    Buckeyes and brownies? This explains why Ohio gals are so chubby.

  32. cfballfan1 says: Jun 25, 2013 10:37 PM

    I’m glad he’s so fixated on O$u…Nov 2nd Sparty brings the hurt.

  33. phinsfan520 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:15 AM

    @jrs45-We won’t have any SEC teams next year bud. We drew SCAR in a BOWL game. Clowney? Great athlete but since our guard pulled instead of blocking him, he had a straight line to Vincent Smith and he wasn’t ready. The refs gave us the ball in error anyways. He’s not at alabama so why you nuthugging him anyways?

    @cwallace94-Your argument to OSU, sorry, tOSU cheating in football is what the fab five did? lol oh ok! Lets see, we vacated wins and banned our best player for 10 years. OSU? vacated wins and let everyone run to the NFL for safety including your coach. Why they went to the NFL is beyond me since only OSU CB’s are successful off campus nowadays.

  34. cwallace94 says: Jun 26, 2013 5:19 AM

    There was money laundering with the Fab 5 and they left for the NBA. If Tressel comes back to D1 to coach, he faces a suspension too. You really don’t know the facts about what your trying to comment on, do you?

  35. jrs45 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:23 AM

    Phins,

    How could I forget lol. You guys play Akron Conn. and ND.

  36. mediocrebob says: Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    Yeah that cupcake that is Notre Dame? That team that played for the NC last season.

    But go ahead and group them with Akron and UCONN…

  37. CBFAN says: Jun 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    Devin, Devin, Devin……

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Zach+Boren/Devin+Gardner

  38. jrs45 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:26 PM

    Medio,

    You are right. ND shouldn’t be in the same sentence as Akron and Conn. Those two teams would have played better in the BCS game.

    Roll Tide!

  39. phinsfan520 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    @cwallace94-They didn’t vacate the banner for money laundering dude, it was for all of them except King, accepting payments from Ed Martin. ESPN has a 30 for 30 on it, steal some cable from your neighbor and see if you can see it.

    jrs45-I love the fact that you truly believe that Alabama’s schedule isn’t loaded with powderpuff teams til you reach your conference schedule. Well, till you run in to Texas A&M, lol. Maybe you can schedule Western Carolina after TAMU this year, pick your spirts up!

  40. dkhhuey says: Jun 27, 2013 8:58 AM

    @CB – love that pic!!!

  41. cwallace94 says: Jun 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    @phinsfan520…the wins were vacated because of Tressel signing a card saying he didn’t know of any compliance issues. Lying to the NCAA. The players in question were suspended by OSU. Again, know the facts before you comment. You really look stupid. Go watch more 30 for 30. If you think those kind of infractions don’t happen everywhere, your completely nuts. Your under a microscope when your on top. That’s something scUM doesn’t know anything about.

  42. jrs45 says: Jun 27, 2013 3:29 PM

    Phinsfan,

    Seriously? Ripping on Alabama? You guys aren’t even on the same level with us or even OSU for that matter. At least they can say they en been to 3 BCS Championship gms in the last 10 or 11 yrs. So yea we will talk about strength of schedule!

  43. phinsfan520 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:32 PM

    @cwallace94-Lol i bet you don’t have one consistant thought in your head. You spoke about Fab 5 and why we lost our title right? I answered you so let’s keep track of whats being talked about here. tOSU are cheaters, and their are other cheaters out there who have done the same and are getting spanked or been spanked by the National Communists Against Athletes. Just like USC, Oregon, OSU falls in right with them. Tressel ran just like Carrol and Kelly but only he is the one getting gatorade for the Colts right now. Your right though, UM don’t know about that. Till we do it in FOOTBALL, take your bottle and go get a nap.

  44. phinsfan520 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:32 PM

    jrs45-As you can see from my name, I KNOW what kind of a scumbag of a coach you guys got, but I’ll give it to you that they have been holding it down since 2009. Regardless what you say, you still got voters in the right pocket and a soft schedule in the left. Even your NC opponent was soft. Alabama makes money for the BCS and thats why you’ll always get voted in, well intil the playoffs begin. Oh please, try to class OSU with your team like they didn’t get their a$$e$ destroyed by Florida that year lol. Who cares if they went, they didn’t make it to the game. There’s a reason why their stadium is shaped like a toilet seat!

  45. normtide says: Jun 27, 2013 11:09 PM

    Alabama crushed Michigan on the field, what did voters have to do with that? Did voters win the title games for us, or did we have to play football? For that matter, wouldn’t Michigan playing in a title game make money for “the system”? Also, you do know these voters consist of people from the Midwest, including your state.

    Lets be honest, Michigan was probably the easiest team Bama players last year. Don’t throw stones, you live in a big blue glass house right now.

  46. phinsfan520 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:04 AM

    @normtide-ah another bama bandwagoner! awesome. Let’s see…michigan was the easiest, right? Western Kentucky, Western Carolina (who thought they had a school??), Florida Atlantic. Hmmmm, real challenges there. I know, I know you’ll say “we pay them to play them blah, blah, blah”. They should of just gave the crystal to y’all in September honestly. They made their minds up then. Only challenge you had was the beating you took against TAMU. Lost and STILL got back into the NC and you want to talk about no fixed voting? Lol more cake to look forward to this year: Colorado St, GAST, Kentucky (SEC, but soft), Chattanooga. And they put TAMU second week in case you take another lump against them again? Red Carpet, anyone?

  47. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 12:06 AM

    Western Kentucky and western Carolina put up more of a fight then Michigan.

  48. phinsfan520 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:10 AM

    Lol thats why we scored and you shut them both out. Where’s jrs45, he’s more educated about alabama than you are.

  49. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 12:11 AM

    Maybe we should have played App state.

  50. phinsfan520 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:18 AM

    Look like you have plenty of Cake walks on your schedule to me. They beat us at the end, kinda like TAMU did to you last year.

  51. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 12:20 AM

    No shame in losing to a good team. Losing to big 10 teams on the other hand… On Jun 27, 2013 11:18 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > phinsfan520 commented: “Look like you have plenty of Cake walks on your > schedule to me. They beat us at the end, kinda like TAMU did to you last > year.”

  52. phinsfan520 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:32 AM

    Losing to a BIG 12 team, first year in the SEC? Didn’t lose to our transfers in their first year.

  53. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 8:04 AM

    We beat y’all though, didn’t we. Easily. Out other common opponent was ND. Bama crushed them. How many points did y’all beat them by?

  54. jrs45 says: Jun 28, 2013 6:24 PM

    This is pathetic lol. We are talking about a team who has been to one yes 1 NC game in the last 30 yrs. This is the equivalent to the Dolphins Browns Lions Chiefs and Eagles in the NFL. All of whom who have a combined what 2 SB appearances in the last 25 yrs.

    UM is weak. They are garbage. Not only can they not make it to a NC game they can’t even win their conference. Keep living in your great grandaddys past bro.

  55. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m not saying UM is trash, but their fans are not in a position to trash that many other teams. Especially one that walked the floor with them last year. Then again, phins seems like a good fan, doing what good fans do, mainly looking through blinders.

  56. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 28, 2013 9:30 PM

    Norm, Not that you need any assistance…..but what would Michigan do if they had to face week after week after week of SEC football and not a steady diet of Minnesota, Iowa,Indiana and Illinois?

    Exactly what was the B1G bowl record this past bowl season? When the B1G has six in the final top ten rankings, come talk

    Has anyone tired of watching Michigan getting like a cow bone to a hungry dog?

    Nope.

    RTR

  57. normtide says: Jun 28, 2013 11:07 PM

    Amos, that’s the thing some others here don’t really see. The SEC isn’t a 2 or 3 teem league. Five teams have BCS titles, three have multiple BCS titles. Throw in teams like USCe, Georgia, and TA&M. Two years ago, Florida played Georgia, Bama, Auburn, and LSU in a span of 5 weeks. I have posted before, if you think the SEC champ will ever be left out of the playoff, your kidding yourself. As for bias claims, how does voter bias work? The voters come from around the nation. Bias doesn’t win games on the field, much less EVERY BCS TITLE GAME THE SEC HAS BEEN IN. All these highly educated people should know empirical evidence when they see it.

    Personally, I love being in a league with so many great teams. It prepares you for the big bowl games. Also, recruits want to play against great teams.

    I didn’t post on this thread to bash UM. I took up for the kid believing in himself and his team. I guess when your team is on top, some people just want to take shots at them. Beat us on the field, I will tip my hat to you. On Jun 28, 2013 8:30 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > amosalanzostagg commented: “Norm, Not that you need any > assistance…..but what would Michigan do if they had to face week after > week after week of SEC football and not a steady diet of Minnesota, > Iowa,Indiana and Illinois? Exactly what was the B1G bowl record this past > bowl seas”

  58. dkhhuey says: Jun 29, 2013 6:39 PM

    I could watch that Clowney hit all day long!!!

  59. phinsfan520 says: Jun 30, 2013 4:10 PM

    jrs45, normtide, dkhhuey:

    1) I as a fan of football, loved clowneys hit. Problem is, it was a FREE RELEASE. He hit a 190lb rb, that lost momentum while cutting, what was Vincent Smith suppost to do really? All of you would drop the ball too. Now, if Clowney got blocked, and then released and made that play, then by all means, to me, legendary. Really, I see it as he was just recifying a bad call the refs made. He will not have free releases like that in the NFL playing for the Raiders next year, promise. Alabama smashed us and SCAR barely beat us.

    2)17 year gap between championships for Alabama (2009-1992) before you got great draft classes and improved. 16 year gap between championships for Michigan with the 6th best class and getting ready to add three, maybe four of the top 5 2014 ESPN 150 to incoming. Not saying we will be great, but trending and we have similarities there.

    3)SEC Lovers: What are you outside of LSU, Alabama, and Florida? Georgia and SCAR are almost there, TAMU just joined and Tennesse and Auburn are done for a long while so…
    Alabama won’t be left out of playoffs, but what happens when they have to play multiple weeks against teams that are not Western Carolina and Western Kentucky? What were you guys like in your pre-Saban days? If your so great, why only one Heisman ever? Michigan has multiple, even sorry ass OSU has a couple.

    4)Loved that you mentioned the ‘Phins too. Moves they made this year looks great as well. You guys talk just like New England fans except they KNOW now their ship is on fire and taking on water, its just a matter of time. Which by the way, a MICHIGAN QB, gives them hope. Alabama and OSU QB’s are great in a cold weather games cause they sure warm up benches well. In fact, there is only ONE SEC QB in the top 43 of 2013.

    5) ND isn’t big ten, never will be. If they were so money hungry in football, they would be in the ACC right now. Plus, independants don’t have to worry about winning a conference championship to thrust them into NC consideration.

  60. MasMacho says: Jul 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    It is kind of sad.. watching UM with pinstripe unis, trading in “Maize” for “Highlighter pen yellow”… a shell of itself.

    Coach Joke hasn’t won anything, the team routinely underperforms in big games. This guy got manhanled by tOSU last year. Destroyed by Alabama… another embarrassment to the conference.

    UM isn’t even the best team in its division (current or future). This year will be no different.

    Hail to the ho-hUM.

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