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The Michigan vs. Ohio State Game Has Become Irrelevant

Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler are long gone. So too are “three yards and a cloud of dust,” Hopalong Cassidy, Archie Griffin, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch and Bump Elliot. They are only fond memories to true Buckeye and Wolverine fans. The clamor for a national championship game and even a four-team playoff format beginning next year has taken the glitter off “The Game.” Michigan and Ohio State first played football in 1897 with the “Toledo War” still fresh in the minds of some residents of the two border states. It seems Ohio and Michigan both laid claim to a strip of ground that extended west from Lake Erie to the Indiana line. The guns were loaded for the shooting to commence. The inaugural game was held in Ann Arbor and the series did not start out as much of a contest. Michigan dominated OSU 12-0-2 over the first 14 years of the rivalry. The Wolverines even won the 1902 contest 86-0 and the series took a sabbatical after the 1912 game. UM and OSU did not resume play until both teams had become members of the Big Ten Conference in 1918. OSU proved to more competitive and won three of four games from 1918 though 1921. Michigan still holds the edge in wins with a 58-44-6 overall record. OSU has been gaining on UM, however, by winning nine of the last ten contests. “The Game” was always held at the end of the season and annually decided the winner of the Big Ten championship. The winner earned that…


The Game: Talking an OSU-UM trade

Trades aren’t happening in college football any time soon. Even if they were legalized, the thought of two hated rivals doing anything to potentially help each other out would make Woody and Bo start spinning in their graves. But pretend for a second those laws were relaxed and the Buckeyes and Wolverines each had a need so pressing that the programs at least kicked around some ideas. As part of our ongoing look this week at “The Game,” a couple ESPN.com beat writers took a shot to see just what they could get from each other that might spur on a championship run for the current roster. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, here’s a look at how a (fictional) deal might have gone down. From: OSU_GM To: UM_PersonnelDept Subject: Don’t tell anybody Mr. Rothstein: We probably shouldn’t even be talking, and if word gets out that we even considered making a deal, we might need to consider looking for…

Bunting scraps top 3 after UM, OSU offers

With a top three set a few weeks ago, Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) was setting up visits to his top three in hopes of closing in on a decision. Those plans stalled when two of the Midwest’s premier programs offered the 2014 tight end, with Michigan being the most recent. “It’s definitely a big one for me and definitely a school I’m going to take a lot of time researching and hopefully visiting and talking to some of the students,” Bunting said.

Ohio State Football: Conference Expansion Could Put OSU-UM in Same Division

When Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten in the summer of 2014, there is a chance it could shake up college football’s greatest rivalry.
With the new additions, league officials and the 14 members of the conference will …

Undefeated: No. 4 Ohio State over No. 20 UM, 26-21

Ohio State doesn’t get to play in a bowl game. But the Buckeyes have a sweet victory to carry them through a cold winter.

Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and No. 4 Ohio State’s defense shut out 20th-ranked Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 win on Saturday, completing an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes.

Why OSU’S Braxton Miller Will Have a Better Season Than UM’s Denard Robinson

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Michigan’s Denard Robinson are the two most exciting quarterbacks in the Big Ten Conference. Their dual-threat capabilities keep defenses on their toes on every given play. They are two of most athletic quarterbacks in the …

OSU fan sorry for bounty on UM recruit

First, we had Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman setting fire to his Ohio State recruiting letter and putting the picture on Twitter.

Then Tuley-Tillman received death threats for his gesture.

Then an Ohio State fan named Harrison Watson tweeted that he’d …

Updated Scout 300 Notables and OSU vs UM comparison

5 star Guys 5. Su’a Cravens – USC lean 10. Robert Foster – From what I can gather… Down to OSU/Pitt/PSU/Bama 13. Vernon Hargreaves 14. Ty Isaac – USC commit 17. Jaylon Smith – Down to ND/OSU, ND leads 24. Joey Bosa – OSU commit 25. Kendall Fuller – Think its a VT/Clemson battle 26. James Quick – Down to OSU/Louisville 28. Shane Morris – UM commit 29. Adam Breneman – PSU commit 31. Patrick Kugler – UM commit 32. Vonn Bell – OSU in mix 34. Jalin Marshall – OSU commit 35. Dymonte Thomas – UM commit 4 Star Guys 37. Jason Hatcher 40. Elijah Daniel 44. Daniel McMillan – UF commit, may take OSU visit 49. Kyle Bosch – UM commit 50. John Montelus – ND commit 51. Mackensie Alexander 53. DeVeon Smith – UM commit 55. Marquez North 57. Ethan Pocic – OSU right in mix 59. Ezekiel Elliott – OSU commit 65. Dontre Wilson – Ohio State in his final group, with Oregon and Texas 69. Evan Lisle – OSU commit 75. Laquon Treadwell – Michigan the assumed leader 79. Alex Anzalone – You know the story. 87. Greg Webb – PSU commit 91. Eli Woodard – OSU commit 97. Josh McNeil – Think it might be an OSU/…

Ohio State vs. Michigan: 1st Loss to UM in 8 Years Guarantees Urban Meyer to OSU

The rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and The Ohio State Buckeyes has been sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes downright pathetic. 
“The Game” has decided conference championships and even at one point in 2006, decided who went to the BCS …

Ohio State vs. Michigan: 5 Reasons the Buckeyes Can Win "The Game"

Michigan has had a better season than Ohio State.
Already, some in the UM camp believe a victory this Saturday is a foregone conclusion. Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press writes:
“Will Michigan beat Ohio State next week? It …

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