The "Mother of All Rivalries" 2008 Actually More Like a Distant Cousin (42-7)

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Whether you're a Buckeye or a Wolverine, you have one thing in common.


"THE GAME," as it's commonly referred to, is set for its 105th edition today, with kickoff at noon.

It's a very rare occasion that Ohio State vs. Michigan isn't the game of the week with both teams in search of the Big Ten title and a BCS national championship game berth.

That's not the case this season, however,.

Don't get me wrong. The hatred and utter disdain are still very much alive between these two teams and fan bases. Be that as it may, this could be one of the lowest rated nationally broadcasted games in this series.

Simply put, if you're not a Buckeye or Wolverine, you probably aren't watering at the mouth in anticipation of this one.

Heck, I'm sure many die-hard Wolverine fans aren't all that eager, either.

Michigan (3-8) has endured one of, if not the worst seasons ever in its storied history. It won't be playing in a bowl game for the first time in 33 years.

Some Wolverine fans are so distraught that Dr. Kevorkian is on high-alert!

"I kid, I kid!" (Quote of Triumph the insult dog from Late Night with Conan O'Brien)

While the Big Ten race isn't quite settled, the Buckeyes won't be playing for the BCS title and in what many considered to be a championship season, they might not even play in a BCS Bowl period. Nor will Penn State, who had controlled their own destiny, barring a miracle of epic proportions.

If (when) Ohio State beats the Wolverines, they will earn at least a share of the Big Ten title (their fourth-straight) with the winner of the Penn State, Michigan State match-up.

Then, it's a waiting game. The bowl selections could be chaotic.

What bowl game will Ohio State get invited to?

They would go to the Rose Bowl if Michigan State beats the Nittany Lions, but should Penn State win, your guess is just that; A guess, and a wild one at that!

A lot depends on Oregon State, Utah, Boise State and really any of the other top ten ranked teams.

Also, just how good are these mid-majors anyway? Do they deserve a BCS bid solely because they go undefeated vs. what most would consider inferior opponents.

Also, consider these scenarios.

What if Florida State beats Florida and Florida then beats Alabama in the SEC championship game?

What if Oklahoma beats Texas Tech and then loses to Missouri in the Big 12 championship game?

Should any of the top-ranked teams suffer an upset loss in the remaining two weeks of the regular season or in their respective conference championship games, the BCS could be an outright disaster, which may just benefit a team like Ohio State.

But that's a story to be written in another couple of weeks!

In the interim, sit back, relax, eat some pizza or wings and maybe throw back a few cold ones with your best football buddies and enjoy the closest concept comparable to a playoff that we're going to get—at least for the time being.

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