Copied from About.com: When It All Began:
The UofM / OSU rivalry began in 1897, when the Wolverines stomped the Buckeyes 34 - 0 in Ann Arbor. The first 14 years weren't much of a "rivalry" as Michigan dominated Ohio with 12 wins and 2 tie games. Bo vs. Woody:
The rivalry already existed, but it grew to be larger than life when Bo Schembechler, a former protege of Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, faced off against his mentor for the first time in the 1969 Michigan / Ohio game. Bo Schembechler and the Michigan Wolverines defeated the unbeaten, and number one ranked college football team 24 - 12. Bo's "10-year War" with Woody resulted in 5 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie for Michigan.
Michigan Dominates The End of The Millenium:
From 1988 to 2000, Michigan dominated the rivalry again to close out the millenium just as they had started it. They lost only twice and defeated the Buckeyes 10 times, 3 of them spoiling undefeated seasons for Ohio State. Legacy of the Rivalry:
Michigan and Ohio State have decided the Big Ten Conference Championship between themselves 19 times. The Michigan / OSU game, traditionally the final game of the season, has affected or helped decide the conference champion an additional 21 times.
Combined, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University football programs have had 9 Heisman Trophy winners, 18 National Championships, 69 Big Ten titles, and more than 1,500 victories.
I say it's time to repeat that first victory. GO BLUE :wink:
Since I'm a fan of teams a little farther south (SEC teams) I'll be glad when it's over so all the hype will be gone (a countdown clock at the bottom of the screen during other games!).
I was watching a great, muddy MAC game Wednesday, and all the bonehead announcers could talk about was the Saturday game. For goodness sake, at least give the players on the field a little respect....they were playing their hearts out in a 9-7 game that went down to the wire. Sheeesh!
Oh, well. Hope all the fans have a good day. Go WolverEyes!
A farmer outside of Ann Arbor was working his cattle one day when he
>> heard faint music coming from nearby.
>> After hunting about for a time, he discovered the sound was loudest
>> near one particular calf, and was even louder near the calf's tail.
>> his head close to the calf's hind end, he heard the University of
>> fight song.
>> Amazed, he put the calf in the truck and drove the animal to a vet
>> in Ann Arbor.
>> When the vet asked him what was going on, the farmer told him.
>> The vet went around behind the calf and gave a listen.
>> He casually agreed he heard the University of Michigan's fight song
>> but didn't seem particularly excited.
>> "Man, this is unbelievable! How can you stand there and not be
>> amazed?" the farmer asked.
>> The vet, a third generation Ohio State University graduate, said,
>> "Hell, Bud, I'm a Buckeye and I've been listening to a$$holes sing that
>> my whole life."
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