The Game: #4 Ohio State vs. #3 Michigan

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Who Will Win "The Game"

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  1. Spayer419

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    The Game: #4 Ohio State vs. #3 Michigan
    Known simply as "The Game", the greatest rivalry in North American sports needs no trophy considering what's annually at stake. This game has decided the Big 10 title 49 times in it's storied history, and today is no exception. But to fully understand the magnitude of this matchup, you have to appreciate what happened in the past.

    In 1969 Ohio State entered The Game riding a 22-game winning streak, including a 50-14 route of the Wolverines in the previous year. In that game, Ohio State coach Woody Hayes elected to go for a 2-point conversion while his team led 48-14. When asked why he decided to do that after the game, he replied "Because I couldn't go for three." Hayes' decision fueled Michgain all season, and led by first-year coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverine's crushed the Buckeye's hopes of a repeat National Title. Considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of The Game, the 1969 edition began what is known as the "Ten Year War" between Woody and Bo.



    One of the rivalries greatest individual moments came from Desmond Howard in 1991. His punt return for a touchdown helped seal a 31-3 victory for Michigan, and his Heisman pose remains as an iconic moment in the history of The Game.



    The most notorious matchups of the 90's took place in 1993, 1995 and 1996, in which Ohio State entered the game each year undefeated. The 1993 Buckeye team was shocked by a four-loss Michigan squad 28-0. In 1995 the #2 Buckeyes were led by eventual Heisman winner Eddie George, and future NFL stars Orlando Pace, Terry Glenn, Mike Vrabel and Shawn Springs. But it was the unknown back from Michigan, Tim Biakabutuka who amassed 313 yards rushing in a 31-23 Michigan upset. The 1996 Buckeyes were again ranked #2 and undefeated, but squandered a 9-0 halftime lead, once again having their perfect season spoiled by Michigan.



    Ohio State's fortune against Michigan would change for the better with the hiring of Jim Tressel. At an Ohio State-Michigan basketball game following his hiring, Tressel promised that his Buckeyes would make Columbus proud "in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor Michigan on the football field." Tressel made good on his promise, beating the favored Wolverines 26-20. The following year, Ohio State was once again ranked #2 heading into The Game. But this time the Buckeyes prevailed, paving the way to their first national title since 1968.



    2006 was billed as The Game of The Century, as for the first time it featured the #1 and #2 ranked teams. Ohio State prevailed as Troy Smith put the finishing touches on his Heisman campaign, in one of the greatest games played between Ohio State and Michigan.



    And now in 2012, both teams have finally returned to national prominence. The 109th meeting between these two programs features the #4 Buckeyes needing a win to secure a rematch with #3 Michigan in the Big 10 title game. Both teams need a win to keep their national title hopes alive. Both quarterbacks look to win the Heisman trophy with an iconic performance on the game's biggest stage. Another chapter in the most historic rivalry of all time.
     
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