Ryan Ginn: I can appreciate the performance of Ezekiel Elliott after what was a tough week for him, but there’s no comparison for the brilliance of Joey Bosa in my eyes. I’ve never seen anyone in the last few years impact a football game the way he does, and his best attributes were on full display in the Big House. Although he was routinely held, chipped and double-teamed, Bosa still managed to finish with a sack, a forced fumble and an interception he nearly returned for a touchdown. He likely only has one game left at Ohio State, and OSU fans should try to savor it as much as possible.
James Grega: After a week in which his integrity was questioned, Ezekiel Elliott redeemed himself in the biggest of ways. The junior ran up and down the turf field in Michigan Stadium, much like Carlos Hyde did two seasons ago, and won himself right back into the hearts of the Buckeye faithful. The Michigan defense – which was near the top in most statistical categories coming into this game – could not stop Elliott, who once again apologized for his comments after the loss to Michigan State. Honorable mention would have to go to the offensive line, which paved the way for 369 rushing yards for the Buckeyes.
Tim Moody: A week after he was left out of the second-half game plan in Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State, Ezekiel Elliott certainly deserves a Buckeye Leaf for his performance against Michigan. The junior running back carried the ball 30 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, while only losing 2 yards in the game. His effort was apparent throughout the day as he proved he can carry the Buckeye offense – though J.T. Barrett had his say with another 139 yards and three scores on the ground. Elliott deserves to be singled out in a game where the Buckeyes as a team put away their demons in a generally surprising blowout.
Blake Williams: While there are plenty of deserving candidates here – Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett certainly come to mind – this doesn’t necessarily have to go to the player who had the best game but rather one deserving of recognition. With the deserved love that the offense will receive, I am going to take this space to acknowledge an incredibly impressive game from Joey Bosa. In what will certainly be his last game against the Wolverines, the junior was fantastic. Everyone will remember the sack fumble and the absurd interception, and should, but Bosa was disruptive throughout. He finished with just three tackles but had two quarterback hurries and Rudock constantly had his eyes on the defensive end and as usual he received a ton of attention from multiple offensive linemen. With all due respect to the rest of the Buckeyes, Bosa is the team’s best player and he showed it again against Michigan with consistently dominant play and plenty of ‘wow’ moments.