Posted By RichC on November 18, 2006
The Big Game you ask??? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you just don’t know college football.
Ohio State and Michigan have always been big rivals … in the biggest of way. This year the level of pressure, excitement and emotion has been taken to a whole new level as the undefeated Michigan Wolverines ranked #2 in the country head to Columbus Ohio to attempt to knock off the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Many in the news media are hyping it as the “Biggest college football game ever” … and it is a big one.
As the news came in on Friday from Michigan about the sad passing of Bo Schembechler, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many years of toe to toe football he was able to bring against Ohio State. He was quoted just yesterday that this game was “about as big as it gets” as he was interview about the 3:30 EST game. “I see this game as being a great classic,” he said. What a fantastic coach … and that coming from a Buckeye fan; he was a quality leader, coach and caring man.
The winner of this game not only capture the Big Ten title but a trip to the national-championship game on January 8th in Glendale, Arizona. The loser, if the game is close could still be considered for the Bowl Championship Series to and possibly rematch … but most believe the loser will gain a berth to the Rose Bowl on New Years Day â€” some would almost say the preferred game?
These two historic powerhouse football schools have met 103 times, but Saturday is the first time the teams have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the major polls. The rivalry is one of the sport’s best because of its competitiveness since during the past 50 years, the series record is 24-24-2. Incredible.
Unfortunately the down side to this game has been the violence of fans … most accuse locals and not students for most of the bad behavior, but it is a real blackeye for the buckeyes. (Ohioians) This year the Michigan Police will be attending the game along with some of the Wolverine fans … to protect them we’ve been told. Personally I think it might just aggravate an already tense situation? Hopefully all of the pleading from city officials and university will keep misconduct to a minimum and fans will just experience a great football game … with OSU winning of course.