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Like the Iron Bowl, there are few games anywhere in the world of sport that approach the level of intensity and pure, unadulterated rivalry as Michigan-Ohio State.
The game between these two rivals is so heated, it's never been named—probably because you could never get someone from Ohio State to agree on something with someone from Michigan.
There's also no trophy for the winner, other than bragging rights.
The game also carries state pride with it, and Michiganders and Ohioans continue the tradition begun during the war “fought” between Ohio and the then-territory of Michigan.
Legendary Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes added fuel to the fire when he allegedly refused to stop to refuel his car on the way home from Ann Arbor until he crossed the state line because “I don't buy one [expletive] drop of gas in the state of Michigan. We'll coast and push this [expletive] car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!”
Hayes also referred to the University of Michigan as “that school up north,” which lives on today with Ohio State fans referring to U-M as “TSUN.” Similarly, current Michigan head coach Brady Hoke refers to Ohio State simply as “Ohio.”
Michigan and Ohio State also feature one of the oldest college football rivalries. The 2012 game will be the 109th edition of the game, and the series is a close one: Michigan leads 58-43-6.
For lovers of great rivalries, 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era in this series. Both teams are now seen as “on the rise,” and it's conceivable we'll be treated to a Michigan-Ohio State Big Ten championship game at some point (although the Buckeyes are ineligible this season due to NCAA sanctions).
There's no doubt Urban Meyer will have his team prepared to defend their home field against the invaders from Ann Arbor, and the college football world will once again be treated to a great game between a great Michigan team and great Ohio State team.
It's about time...