Ohio State and Michigan renewed the greatest rivalry in all of sports with Jim Harbaugh’s team peaking and the Buckeyes coming off one of their sloppiest performances of the season. The Game has been owned by Ohio State since Jim Tressel took over as OSU coach in 2001 but at some point you just figure all the stars will finally align for the Wolverines.
It’s amazing, isn’t it? Every November rolls around and somehow Michigan fans’ memories get longer and longer. “Yea, but we still own the series record!!” they fat-finger into their Blackberry devices and desktop PCs from mom’s basement. Although that comment holds true, it’s become comical as a defense of their standing in the rivalry.
Just last year, for instance, Michigan was the betting favorite and came into the contest with the best statistical defense in the nation. That is, until Urban Meyer looked like Red Beaulieu with a stolen playbook. Jim Harbaugh and Don Brown (collective Coach Kleins in this Waterboy comparison) had no answer for a Buckeye team that put up 62 points and won by 23.