The Best Rivalry In Sports

How does a game that means nothing matter so much for a number of people?

On Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University will meet on the football field for the 106th time. Ohio State, the champions of the Big Ten conference, will play in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day regardless of the outcome against the Wolverines. Michigan, lingering in the cellar of the conference for the second straight season, could make a low level bowl game with a win against the Buckeyes.

Even though the game doesn’t affect the BCS picture or even the conference championship race, the amount of electricity that echoes out of Michigan Stadium when the Wolverines hit the “M Club” sign can light up the midwest. An informal survey of college football fans will make the Ohio State-Michigan game the most anticipated game of the season every year. There’s no catchy nickname like the “Civil War” or “Big Game” and no trophy is up for grabs in this rivalry.

It’s Michigan and Ohio State. It’s a big deal. Even in a down year.

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