COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's win over Michigan Sunday ended Michigan's 16-0 start.
It also kept the Wolverines from being No. 1 in the new national polls released Monday.
Those are subplots to what was a very intense, very important game in what's going to be grueling Big Ten race. But every Ohio State player knew that Michigan came into the game as the nation's last undefeated team.
"There's always satisfaction in denying Michigan the No. 1 spot in the country," Ohio State senior Evan Ravenel said after the game, smiling but leaving it at that.
Michigan would have been No. 1 for the first time since 1992-93, when some guys known as the Fab Five were in their second season wearing maize and blue. The win continued Ohio State's recent dominance in the series, too. The Buckeyes eliminated Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last year, and with Sunday's win Ohio State coach Thad Matta improved to 17-3 against the Wolverines.
Ranked No. 2 coming into the game, Michigan...