COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State lost to Purdue last week, and if we’re being honest, the Buckeyes haven’t really looked like a national title contender the past month. As a result, many college football analysts are wondering if this is finally the year that Michigan takes back control of their rivalry and wins the conference.One former Ohio State star isn’t buying it.Former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee took to Twitter to acknowledge that while he knows the Buckeyes lost to Purdue, they won’t lose “The Game.” He says his boys are going to “ball” in that game.Ohio State and Michigan, per usual, will meet in the final game of the season.I don’t care if my Buckeyes lose one game. That’s OK! But THE GAME? Nah my boys gunna ball in that game. It’s precedent. That loss to Purdue got them lil boys up North talkin trash…history lately shows how this is gunna play out.— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) October 27, 2018Michigan, since dropping its opening contest to Notre Dame, has been on a roll. Last week, the Wolverines took down in-state rival Michigan State 21-7.But, Michigan still has some big games on its schedule – namely Penn State and Ohio State. If they want to win the Big Ten East, they’ll have to earn it.Michigan and Ohio State will do battle at The Horseshoe on November 24.
The publication of the department for trade and industry (DTI) five year plan, Creating wealth from knowledge, has been welcomed by SMMT. Supporting the plan, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘The UK automotive sector has set the pace for many of the new initiatives in the DTI five year plan. The Automotive Academy and VIPER are helping automotive manufacturing in the UK meet the challenges of global competition. We are a sector that is committed to driving skills, innovation and productivity.’Creating wealth from knowledge proposes to roll out sectoral skills academies similar to the Automotive Academy which was launched in 2003, based in the West Midlands. The Academy is enhancing the skills of Britain’s motor industry, plugging skills gaps to improve productivity and competitiveness. The five year plan also proposes the creation of sector specific groups to tackle regulation overload. The Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation initiative (VIPER) was the first such group, formed in 2002. It has been meeting regularly to discuss EU directives, future government regulation and implementation issues.SMMT strongly supports the proposals to raise the proportion of young people achieving skill level 3 (A Levels or the vocational equivalent) and efforts to encourage more inward investment into R&D. The SMMT-managed Foresight Vehicle programme will continue to lead the industry’s work in this area.The DTI plan can be found at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/fiveyearprogramme.htmlClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)