“Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”: Dave Portnoy Amps Up Rivalry Heat, Predicts Michigan’s Dominance Over Ohio in Epic Clash

Published 11/19/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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The US collegiate football is one of the top go-to entertainment choices for many Americans. Fans don’t just watch and enjoy these matches but actively track the rivalries between teams as well. One such dedicated football fan is Dave Portnoy, who recently released a heated video while speaking about an upcoming match.

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Dave Portnoy recently took to social media and made several statements about the match between Michigan and Ohio State. Barstool Sports’ ‘El Presidente’ issued an open challenge to Ohio State and spoke about its losing rivalry against Michigan. However, Portnoy went overboard and said several bitter things to not just Ohio State Football, but to several stakeholders.

Dave Portnoy lashes out over football rivalry established in 1897

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The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes have been fierce rivals since 1897. Both teams are powerhouses in the game of football and haven’t lost a single match so far this season. Uploading a heated video over their upcoming match, Dave Portnoy went all out with his words and emotions. 

Dave Portnoy said, “The Big Ten hates us. The country hates us. Everyone’s jealous of what we’ve got. They took our coach, ‘Free Harbaugh!’ But now it’s November 25th. One week from today. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.” Portnoy spoke in an agitated tone and predicted a devastating defeat for the Buckeyes.

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He further said, “And now, Ohio, you’re coming to get your whooping for about the billionth year in a row. I can’t remember the last time you beat us. You’re so scared, crying, whining. Doing anything to get rid of our coaches, signing. I don’t care.” 

Dave Portnoy constantly mentioned the currently suspended Michigan Wolverines head coach, Jim Harbaugh in his words. Harbaugh is not allowed to attend the games by the authorities for the time being. Protesting against this, Portnoy was wearing a ‘Free Harbaugh’ T-shirt. While Portnoy was clear about his dislike for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he clearly took shots against many others. In fact, he also spoke against Barstool Sports’ rival company ESPN.

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Portnoy drags ESPN in Michigan versus Ohio State debate

Dave Portnoy had already voiced out his disdain for everyone including the Big Ten and the entirety of the US. However, by the end of his video, Dave Portnoy also took shots at ESPN. Portnoy mentioned, “One week, Ohio, come get your whooping again. We’ll see you there. Michigan, Barstool. ESPN says they’re going. F*** them! They hate us. They’re not welcome.”

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It is common for football fans to rage before and after their favorite team plays an important match. However, Portnoy spewed venom over everyone in his video. The Michigan Wolverines will host the Ohio State Buckeyes on 25 November, Saturday. As the undisputed powerhouses clash, one of them is bound to lose their perfect campaign run. Will Portnoy’s prediction come true and the Buckeyes end up losing to Michigan?

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