Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Most Important Games in the History of the Rivalry

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Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Most Important Games in the History of the Rivalry
Michigan's Harry Allis kicks extra point in 1950 Snow Bowl. (photo: 1951 Michiganensian)

Football teams from Michigan and Ohio State meet for the 109th time Saturday in what some simply call "The Game."

Others refer to the meeting of the perennial Big Ten powers as “The Greatest Rivalry in College Sports.” The game has often decided the Big Ten championship while occasionally ending a team's dream of an undefeated season and a national title.

It's often been a showcase for eventual Heisman Trophy winners and, at the same time, the death sentence of the game's brightest coaches.

John Cooper accumulated a respectable 113-43-4 record in 13 years as the Ohio State coach. Unfortunately, he was fired in 2000 because he was only able to beat Michigan twice in 13 tries.

Beating Ohio State is equally critical at Michigan. Rich Rodriguez was also shown the door after being crushed three straight times from 2008 to 2010.

Michigan leads the series 58-44-6, but the Buckeyes have won eight of the last 10 games.

While Brady Hoke was victorious in his first attempt last season, Urban Meyer gets his first chance to coach a Michigan-Ohio State game this Saturday. 

There have been plenty of surprises, upsets and thrilling finishes. Let's take a look at some of them.

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