Sarah has been asking me for this post:
[Drunkard's note: Video ripped from Waiting For Next Year.]
Yes, in the college football world, it's rivalry week. For Ohio State University, that means a visit from "the team up north."
This Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game is the 105th meeting of these two football teams in what some call the greatest rivalry in sports. Michigan holds a 57-41-6 lead over OSU, but has lost four straight and seven of the last 10 games between the two.
Two years ago, in the game shown above, OSU was ranked No. 1 and Michigan No. 2. In 2007, the Buckeyes beat Michigan to regain its No. 1 national ranking. Both games decided the Big Ten conference champion. (That would be Ohio State for those scoring at home.) However, this year, the game doesn't have the same cachet.
Michigan, under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, is on its way to its first losing season since 1967 and will not play in a bowl game for the first time since 1974. OSU, with two losses, has been eliminated from a third consecutive appearance in the national championship game.
Both teams have suffered a bit of a falling off this year, especially Michigan. However, it is said that if these teams win only one game all year, it better be this game. Perhaps that was Michigan's strategy all along.
Sarah expected a sharply worded screed against Michigan. But there is no need. This game is in Ohio Stadium, the deafening horseshoe. Michigan players won't be able to hear anything above the crowd noise except for the void where their wins used to be.
OSU is still vying for its fourth straight share of the Big Ten championship. Junior tailback Chris Wells, who ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns in last year's meeting, will be looking to pad his stats for the NFL draft. Buckeye freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be trying to establish himself as the next big thing, playing against a coach who highly coveted the recruit as a high-schooler. (Though, like his predecessor Lloyd Carr often did, Rodriguez lost to coach Jim Tressel and Pryor chose Ohio State.)
And don't forget the band. For you lovely band geeks out there, I now give you The Best Damn Band in the Land:
I know what the Michigan fans will say. That OSU lost two consecutive national title games in 2006 and 2007. That OSU can't win the big game. That OSU is overrated.
What's better, to be overrated or not rated at all?
Q: Why can't Michigan show up for the game Saturday?
A: They couldn't get past Toledo.
What I want to know is why did Sarah, a former Ohioan, become a turncoat?
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