It's finally here. Michigan week. The most storied rivalry in all of college football takes place this weekend when the University of Michigan visits Ohio Stadium to face my beloved Buckeyes. All this week I will share some trivia and facts about this 105 year old rivalry. This is "the" game for both teams. This year Ohio State can claim a share of its 4th consecutive Big Ten title with a win and well, Michigan can get back a little dignity if they manage to pull the upset (which I doubt).
Go Bucks, Beat Michigan...again
So, here's a little history on "The Game" found through a Google Search.
OSU vs Michigan
The Ohio State University/University of Michigan rivalry in football began with their first game in 1897. UM won that game 34 to 0 and dominated the series until 1919. That year the tables were turned and the Buckeyes won 13 to 3.
The Ohio State/Michigan game has always been important, but it was not always the last game of the season. This practice began in 1935 and, except for one year, the tradition has continued. Often the game has determined who is the winner of the Big Ten and who will represent the conference in the Rose Bowl. An ESPN poll rated the rivalry as the greatest of all time.
“Ohio State/Michigan Week” has grown beyond the football game to include the annual blood battle, which benefits the Red Cross, food collection for food banks, and spirit events such as banner contests. OSU and UM have turned the rivalry into an event that helps people across school lines.
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