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Michigan vs. Ohio State: A Wicked Rivalry

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Saturday, November 26, 2016 is a date to remember.  It marks the match-up between #3 Michigan and #2 Ohio State – a century-old rivalry called by many simply “The Game.”  It will be held in Columbus, Ohio this year, broadcast at 12:00pm (EST) on ABC.

 

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Image Credit: “GO BLUE” by Slippy Slappy on Flickr (license)

A Brief History of “The Game”

Michigan and Ohio State first met on October 16, 1897 (a Michigan win) and have met each and every year since 1918. “The Game” has been a regular-season finale since 1935 with few exceptions. It was called the greatest sports rivalry in history by the United States Congress. Even ESPN ranked the Michigan-Ohio State feud as the greatest North American sports rivalry – just ahead of Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier!

Ready for Some Stats?

  • Total meetings (to date): 112
  • All-time record: Michigan leads, 58-47-6
  • Largest victory: 1902 – Michigan 86, Ohio State 0
  • Longest winning streak: Michigan, 9 games (1901-1909)
  • Current winning streak: Ohio State, 4 games (2012-2015)
  • This season: #2 Ohio State 10-1 (7-1 Conf.), #3 Michigan 10-1 (7-1 Conf.)

 

As you can see, history is solid on Michigan’s side… the Wolverines lead the all-time record, have the longest winning streak and the largest victory. Even so, Vegas odds are favoring Ohio State once again this year.  The Buckeyes have won four straight games (and 11 of the past 12)  — including last year’s landslide victory of 42-13.  According to ESPN’s Dave Purdum, they are favored by close to a touchdown.  Either way, it’s always exciting when these two teams meet.

What do you think will happen Saturday?

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