With both programs back among the nation's elite, Ohio State and Michigan's bitter football rivalry continues to pick up steam. And freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett decided he wanted to get in on the fun—no matter the cost to his video game career.
On Tuesday the young Buckeye sent out this tweet, declaring his refusal to buy EA Sports' NCAA 14 because former-Wolverine Denard Robinson is on the cover:
I'm shall not buy NCAA 14 because of the person they placed on the cover. And yeah it's that serious #TTUN— Jt Barrett (@Jt_theQB) July 9, 2013
Barrett is a true freshman quarterback from Wichita, Tex. and was 247Sports' third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He also finished in the Top 100 overall recruits and is pegged as the heir apparent to Braxton Miller in Urban Meyer's offense.
Not that they needed any motivation before, but this throws further fuel on Michigan's fire to (presumably) upset Ohio State when the two teams meet in late November. Especially just one day removed from the viral story of Grant Reed, a young Ohio State fan who named his cancer 'Michigan' just so he could beat it.
The jabs don't just go in one direction, though. Michigan throws as many playful punches in this rivalry as the Buckeyes do.
Earlier this summer, George Whitfield Jr. tweeted out photos from the Wolverines' locker room, including one tallying the days since they last beat Ohio State and another where they intentionally mislabel them as 'Ohio' on their schedule.
Whether or not Barrett is actually a big gamer—which would make this boycott much more meaningful—is hard to know for sure. But according to 247Sports, he's not just a fair-weather hater of all things Maize and Blue. He opened his recruitment up to 11 blue-chip teams outside of Texas, and Michigan was nowhere to be found.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Braxton Miller will be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in Ann Arbor this year. But J.T. Barrett's time could very well be soon, and when it comes, don't expect Michigan to forget this virtual protest.
(h/t Lost Letterman)