Last Saturday's matchup between Ohio State and Michigan was chock-full of potential storylines.
For the Buckeyes, last week's edition of "The Game" was a shot at redemption after a heartbreaking 2021 loss to the Wolverines.
Further, after putting up mediocre numbers in several recent outings, Buckeye quarterback CJ Stroud hoped to renew his Heisman campaign with a signature victory over Ohio State's arch rival.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, neither of those potential narratives played out in their favor. The Wolverines dominated Ohio State 45-23, capping their second straight victory in the rivalry after being held winless between 2012 and 2019.
To make things worse for the Buckeyes, Wolverine quarterback JJ McCarthy out-dueled CJ Stroud on his own home field.
Discussing McCarthy's recent performance in a sit-down with Michigan journalist Brad Galli this morning, Fox Sports' Gus Johnson boldly claimed that the Michigan quarterback should be in the Heisman conversation - right now.
Take a listen to the conversation here.
"I think this weekend, Joel and I are gonna start talking about JJ McCarthy as a Heisman candidate and potentially Heisman winner," Gus Johnson said Thursday.
"I think we may have to put him in that Heisman conversation now," Johnson said of McCarthy after his four-touchdown day against the Buckeyes.
The Fox Sports voice continued his commentary by noting that while USC's Caleb Williams likely leads the pack in terms of Heisman odds, Michigan and McCarthy are undefeated whereas USC and Williams have a loss this season.
After a sluggish start to the year and Big Ten play, McCarthy has surely validated Michigan's decision to start him following an intense quarterback competition in preseason and throughout the first few weeks of 2022.
The Michigan quarterback hasn't thrown an interception since a mid-October win against Penn State and has tallied 11 total touchdowns in the five weeks following that game.
Michigan will take on Purdue this Saturday in the Big Ten Championship. With a win there, the Wolverines will be headed back to the College Football Playoff for the second straight season.