It’s rivalry week in college football, and to quote Bugs Bunny “of course you know, this means war.” Only one of these rivalry games can truly claim an actual war in the history of the geographic region it covers.
That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “THE GAME,” as it’s called.
(Well, maybe two rivalries can claim actual battles: also Kansas-Mizzou, as they had the abolitionist vs. slave state skirmishes known as “Bleeding Kansas,” in the 1850s.)
What a difference a year makes, OSU DESTROYED Michigan last year, but the Wolverines are looking like big favorites this year. UM can knock the Bucks down the bowl ladder with a win, while Ohio St. can keep the Wolverines out of a BcS bowl. Yes, it sounds crazy given how terrible the Big Ten has been this year, but Michigan, and only Michigan can be the Big Ten’s at-large bid if they finish 10-2.
You know, it’s all politics, and only Michigan has the cachet to get to the Sugar Bowl if they win this one.