The historic rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan continues
All season long Ohio State fans are looking forward to a single game, The Game. Considered to be one of the greatest rivalries in sports, the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game always has a lot of hype around it. This year’s game did not disappoint anybody, unless you are a fan of the team up north, who have now lost six consecutive games, and have only won one game in the last fourteen meetings.
The 2017 matchup in the storied rivalry took place at “The Big House”, in Ann Arbor Michigan. Michigan had an early lead after scoring two touchdowns early into the second quarter, with the Buckeyes evening the score before halftime. After a few more touchdowns and an extra point attempt that was blocked, The Ohio State Buckeyes led the Michigan Wolverines 21-20 after the third quarter. Ohio State fans were sent into a panic when their quarterback, JT Barrett limped off of the field with an apparent knee injury after taking a hit in the third quarter.
Fans did not have to worry for long when their redshirt Freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins came into the game and completed a crucial pass, that on the next play ended in a touchdown. Fans got some breathing room after making a field goal and then scoring another touchdown. The Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 31-20.
The first game played between two of the greatest college football programs occurred in 1897 with Michigan winning the game. Since then the two rivals have faced each other 114 times and Michigan leads with 58 wins to Ohio State’s 49. Michigan won many of the early matchups between the two teams, but the stakes in the game increased after both teams became members of the Big Ten conference in 1918.
Because of the late season matchups, these games have often become the determining factor to which team would be in the Big Ten championship game. The biggest game between the rivals occurred in 2006 with both teams coming into their final regular season game unbeaten. In what was referred to as “the game of the century” Ohio State won the game, and the Big Ten championship, which put them into the national championship game. Ohio State, ranked first in the country lost to an Urban Meyer led Florida team. Many Michigan fans felt their team was one of the two best teams in the country, but their one blemish on an otherwise perfect season was the defeat by Ohio State.
Since that game, Michigan has only beaten Ohio State one time, in 2011. Early in this season, there was more hype surrounding the game as many people thought it would once again determine who would go to the Big Ten Championship game. After Michigan suffered three tough losses, Ohio State clinched a spot in the championship with their win over Illinois the week before the big game. On Saturday, December 2nd Ohio State and Wisconsin will play for the championship in Indianapolis.
Michigan’s coach, Jim Harbaugh has yet to beat Ohio in his three years as their head coach, while Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has yet to lose. The rivalry will continue to build in the future years, with the next matchup taking place on November 24th, 2018.