Washington up to 5th as Louisville drops in CFP rankingsBy Kelly Sanders Nov 28, 2016
Teacher vs. pupil. Dear friends and fierce competitors, their legacies are linked.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was crucial in the Buckeyes' big victory over MI last season.
"The way the season marched on and the way both teams continued to succeed, it just created this epic meeting of two rivals", said former Buckeyes defensive tackle Joel Penton.
All of those games were part of the famed 10-Year War between Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, his protégé and friend who took over in Ann Arbor in '69. Even if Ohio State beats MI and doesn't get to Indianapolis, there's still a strong possibility of landing a spot in the four-team national playoff.
The Buckeyes ran the Wolverines right off the field in the inaugural meeting between Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer by a score of 42-13, but this year's showdown figures to be much closer with revenge fueling MI in this matchup.
MI has been the model on consistency all season.
Ohio State will host MI on Saturday in what may be one of the most competitive encounters between the two in the last 15 seasons.
The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State victor also remains in the hunt.
Last week: Beat Michigan State 17-16. The annual clash between the rivals means even more this year as the victor is likely to end up in the College Football Playoffs.
Any sort of major change would begin with MI and Ohio State and an annual meeting that dates back to 1897.
"We approach it as it's "The-Team-Up-North" week, so that already has its own standard and level of expectation", Barrett said. MSU is 4-2 against Penn State under Dantonio, including three wins in a row. He is just the eighth player in 130 seasons of Penn State football to serve as a captain for multiple years.
They were gruff and uncompromising. They arrived just in time for the NCAA sanctions and played for two head coaches.
"They've always been great up front", Franklin said.
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"He's a goofy big brother", Thomas said.
If O'Korn is pressed into playing again and can't make the Buckeyes respect the pass, it is hard to envision the Wolverines being able to move the ball well enough only on the ground to earn a win.
The 1950 game was played during the Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 when OH dealt with one of the worst blizzards in the state's history.
"This rivalry is going to be relevant", MI tight end Jake Butt, who is from Pickerington, Ohio, said Monday.
"I've never been in a top-five MI game", Holmes said. So we're going to discuss it ahead of time. "Obviously things didn't go as planned for us and we wish we would have come together more at the beginning of year than toward the end, but we were young".
The son of a coach, Harbaugh's father, Jack, worked for Schembechler in the '70s, and eventually Jim Harbaugh played for Bo.
All the Buckeyes can do is win and then hope Michigan State pulls off the upset.
"He is one of Bo's boys", Madej said.
Ohio State held onto the No. 2 seed despite a struggle against Michigan State, while Michigan held fast at No. 3 following a sloppy, 20-10 win against Indiana.
Alabama faces No. 13 Auburn in a rivalry game this weekend, but more attention will be paid to the game between Big Ten rivals Ohio State and MI.
The Game has lost its luster in recent years. Again, Michigan struggled last week against IN, but found a way to win. "I think Penn State will remember those guys forever".
In typical Harbaugh fashion, he did not reminisce this week. "Getting ready for the actual game".
Last week: Beat Wake Forest 35-13.
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