Thanksgiving, a time for families to come together and stuff their faces with lots of Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie. It’s a time where people give thanks for everything they have today. It is also the time of the year that Michigan and Ohio State step onto a football field to play for bragging rights. A game that is single-handed the greatest rivalry in all of sports.
On Saturday November 30th, 2013 these teams will meet on the gridiron for the 110th time. It’s the maze and blue against the scarlet and grey. The first ever meeting between the two teams took place in 1897 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines would post a 34 to 0 victory that day. From 1897 to 1912 the Wolverines were 12-0-2 against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State would win their first game of the series in 1919. Over the years this series has been a game to decide who would go to the Rose Bowl and win the Big Ten title. Who can forget the beginning of the Ten Year War between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembelcher. This war began in 1969 where the Buckeyes brought a 22 game winning streak into the Big House and a number 1 ranking in the polls. Who would’ve thought that Michigan would upset Ohio State and end their winning streak 24 to 12 that day. What about the 1973 game where both teams were undefeated and the game ended in a 10-10 tie. This was a game that would’ve decided which team would go to the rose bowl to play USC. After the tie the athletic directors from the big ten held a meeting to vote on which team would go to the Rose Bowl. A vote that was riddled in controversy sent the buckeyes to the Rose Bowl that year for the second straight year. This only fueled the rivalry even more and that game will never be forgotten.
In 1991, Desmond Howard would return a punt for a touchdown and end it by striking the Heisman Pose in the end zone on his way to winning the trophy and helping Michigan to a 31 to 3 victory that day. Players like Eddie George, Archie Griffin, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Tom Brady, Troy Smith, and many more have played for these two teams and know what its like to play against one another. In 2006 for the first time ever Michigan and Ohio State would square off ranked #1 and #2. A game that would not only decide the Big Ten Champion, but who is going to go to the National Championship game. On that day the buckeyes would win in Columbus 42 to 39.
Michigan leads the series 58-44-6. From 2004 to 2010 Ohio State won every meeting against Michigan until Brady Hoke and the Wolverines would get the victory in 2011 40 to 34 in Ann Arbor. Last year the Buckeyes won 26 to 21. This year, the Buckeyes are 11-0 and going to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Title game to play Michigan State at the end of the year. It’s a different story for Brady Hoke and the Wolverines. Michigan is 7-4 this season and has struggled ever since beating Notre Dame in week 2 of this season. With this season being “a Failure” said Brady Hoke, because Michigan will not win a Big Ten championship for another year, there is still one thing that Michigan can do this season, beat Ohio State. Fans from Ohio call Michigan ‘that team from up north”. While fans of Michigan just call them “Ohio”, leaving out the State. If there is something that these games have told us, is that no matter what your record is anyone can win this game. This year is no different as it has to take you back to 1969 the last time Ohio State had a winning streak this long. That year they were upset by Michigan 24 to 12. This could very well happen once more this season.
Be sure to check this game out live on ABC Saturday at noon eastern time to see which team will earn bragging rights this season. Be ready for some hard-hitting exciting Big Ten, Michigan vs. Ohio State football. The Game is upon us all.