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Michigan/Ohio State Rivalry

The History of the Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry

One of the greatest rivalries in football, the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry, is between the Wolverines of the University of Michigan and the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University. The annual match-up has been held every third Sunday in November. In 2011, the game will take place on November 26.

The first match-up took place in 1897. On 23 occasions since 1935, the Michigan-Ohio State game has determined the Big Ten Conference championships. What’s more, many games in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry have determined the Rose Bowl match-ups. Others have had an influence over the national collegiate football championship outcomes.

In the history of the 100+ year rivalry, the Wolverines lead the series 52-42-6. Michigan also boasts the largest win over Ohio State with a score of 86-0 in 1902.

The most heated period the rivalry took place during the “Ten Years War” between 1969 and 1978. During that time, Ohio State’s Head Coach Woody Hayes faced off against UM Head Coach Bo Schembechler, who was Hayes’ former coaching assistant.

Among the games played in the 100 year Ohio State Michigan rivalry, perhaps the most memorable took place on November 18, 2006. Each team held the two top spots in the BCS rankings. On the eve of the game, legendary UM head coach and former OSU assistant coach Bo Schembechler died, giving added gravitas to the game. Ohio State won the game 42-39 and became the Big Ten Champion, earning a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

Any game between Michigan and Ohio State is exciting and worth watching. Knowing the significance of this rivalry, Campus Den carries Michigan tees and t-shirts that express the rivalry!

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