Big Ten Champion hats perched on their heads, music blaring, a group of Michigan players trot off the confetti-littered podium, toward the locker room, singing “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z at the top of their lungs.
Water bottles fly through the visitors’ locker room — dousing the Michigan players, coaches and staff — as Michigan coach John Beilein turns his congratulatory speech into a team-wide dance circle.
Few batted an eyelash when Michigan grabbed a 43-23 lead over Ohio State in Columbus during their early-season coference matchup.
The Buckeyes were a rebuilding squad, led by a first-year coach. The Wolverines appeared primed to grab a 2-0 start in the early conference window, asserting themselves as an elite team in the Big Ten.