It’s known as simply “The Game” for a reason. The Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry is one of the greatest in college football, and rarely do the players of either team need extra motivation before hitting the field against each other.
But when Ohio State takes on Michigan Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on ABC, the Wolverines will have Urban Meyer’s profane remark to look to for additional motivation if they need it.
Meyer was a speaker for the annual Alzheimer’s awareness banquet when he stood before the crowd and finished his speech with those remarks. While it received a rousing ovation from the sitting Ohio State crowd, most affiliated with Michigan will not laugh off the comments.
This is a bitter rivalry game that has seen a number of crazy moments and loaded comments, but this one will likely live on long after this season concludes.
The Wolverines are heading into the game as four-point underdogs. It will be a tough test for Michigan on the road against an undefeated Ohio State team, but a win is a real possibility.
Should Urban Meyer have chosen better language, or were his edgy comments called for?
The Buckeyes have struggled this season at times at home, battling close with UAB and Cal. Purdue also took Ohio State to overtime at home in mid-October.
Michigan is playing inspired defense as the season draws to a close, fielding the No. 12 total defense and No. 1 passing defense in the country. The Wolverines have only the No. 51 rushing defense in the country, but if they can force Ohio State to be one-dimensional on offense, then they have a great shot at the win.
There were concerns with the Michigan offense all season until a Denard Robinson injury forced backup Devin Gardner to take over the reins. With Gardner taking shape as a quality quarterback for the Wolverines, they have a dangerous passing threat and balanced offensive attack. Add in the profane remarks by Urban Meyer, and this should be an inspired Michigan team.
This rivalry never gets old, and something tells me that with Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke leading the Buckeyes and Wolverines, the edgy comments will continue to flow well into the future.