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Ohio State Has Dominated The Game For More Than 100 Years

Shaun Wade Ohio State Football Buckeyes

Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio State 58-51-6.

If you’ve just awoken from an 19-year coma, those numbers can’t possibly seem right.

Following the 2000 edition of The Game, the Wolverines had a 56-35-6 lead, and had gone 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings.

Safe to say things have turned around a little bit in the time since John Cooper’s unceremonious departure in January 2001.

Jim Tressel went 9-1. Luke Fickell was 0-1, and Urban Meyer’s 7-0 mark is now part of his restaurant’s name.

Add it all up and Ohio State has now won 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Wolverines, and 16 of the last 18.

But the Buckeyes’ control of the series goes back far longer than that.

In fact, you have to set the beginning point of your search in 1906 before you find a time frame in which Michigan has a winning record against the Buckeyes.

That’s far enough back that the series was still a non-conference matchup. The Bucks didn’t join the Western Conference (the precursor to today’s Big Ten) until 1912, and Michigan didn’t re-enter the league until 1917. Their first Big Ten conference game happened in 1918.

Michigan had built up a 12-0-2 advantage against the Buckeyes since that point. Ohio State has spent the past century closing that gap.

Here’s a breakdown of the Ohio State vs. Michigan series over time.

Last 10 meetings: Ohio State 9, Michigan 1

Last 20 meetings: Ohio State 16, Michigan 4

Last 30 meetings: Ohio State 18, Michigan 11, 1 tie

Last 40 meetings: Ohio State 23, Michigan 16, 1 tie

Last 50 meetings: Ohio State 27, Michigan 21, 2 ties

Last 60 meetings: Ohio State 34, Michigan 24, 2 ties

Last 70 meetings: Ohio State 39, Michigan 28, 3 ties

Last 80 meetings: Ohio State 41, Michigan 35, 4 ties

Last 90 meetings: Ohio State 47, Michigan 39, 4 ties

Last 100 meetings: Ohio State 51, Michigan 45, 4 ties

Since It Was A Conference Game: Ohio State 51, Michigan 46, 4 ties

Last 105 meetings (since 1909): Ohio State 51, Michigan 49, 5 ties

Since 1907: Ohio State 51, Michigan 51, 5 ties

Since 1906: Michigan 52, Ohio State 51, 5 ties

 

5 Responses

  1. Ann Arbor, MI 23-32-4, Michigan Stadium (1927) 21-22-3.
    Columbus, OH 28-26-2 Ohio Stadium (1922) 27-21-1.

    of note ALL Even years played in Columbus, ALL Odd years in Michigan with a few years exception 1900 (0-0 tie) and 1902 played in Ann Arbor; 1901 played in Columbus. Since first win 1919 Buckeyes 51-46-4, lost year before both teams in B1G 1918 51-47-4. We beat them this year even in the Big House. Also of note Minnesota beat them 9 (1934-192) games in a row, and had a tie before the win streak that’s a 10(1933-1942) game non losing streak, we can make it 8 in hopes of beating that record. Go Bucks!

      1. I need to correct since 1st win 51-45-6, by decade
        2010s 8-1
        2000s 8-2
        1990s 2-7-1
        1980s4-6
        1970s 5-4-1
        1960s 7-3
        1950s 5-5
        1940s 2-6-2
        1930s 5-5
        1920s 4-6
        that’s 4-4-2 by decades
        50-45-1 with 1 game left to play last 100 games.
        Since Woody we’ve won 4 decades lost 2 and tied 1, that’s dominating!

  2. No matter how its “framed”, Ohio State has dominated most for the last 100 years.

  3. Nice way to frame it, but it’s not quite right.
    “Last 30” was a decade where the Buckeyes went 2 – 7 – 1
    Last 50 4 – 5 – 1
    Last 80 2 – 7 – 1
    Last 100 4 – 6
    0 – 1 the first conference game

    I get what you’re going for with the ‘all-time’ taking advantage of Ohio State’s dominance the last 113 years but still there were four decades we still ‘lost’.

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