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Ohio State vs. Michigan: 1st Loss to UM in 8 Years Guarantees Urban Meyer to OSU

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent INovember 5, 2016

The rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and The Ohio State Buckeyes has been sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes downright pathetic. 

"The Game" has decided conference championships and even at one point in 2006, decided who went to the BCS National Championship game.

From Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr to Jim Tressel and Woody Hayes, there have been many characters and many moments in this rivalry that are not going to be forgotten. 

This season, Michigan comes into the game ranked No. 15 in the country with a 9-2 record.  Ohio State comes staggering into this game as they have been racked by suspensions and injuries and the constant cloud of the NCAA hanging over their heads. 

We have seen Jim Tressel resign and star quarterback Terrelle Pryor move onto the NFL, but still having to serve the five-game suspension that was handed to him by the school. 

Ohio State has been without some of its top players for stretches of the season and it has showed on the field.

If Michigan wins this game and breaks Ohio State's eight-game winning streak in the series, it would cause an uproar in Columbus and would only make the call for former Florida Gators' and national championship-winning coach Urban Meyer even louder.

Here are a few reasons why Meyer would be almost guaranteed in Columbus should the Buckeyes lose in today's game. 

First, Meyer would be a recruiting coup for the Buckeyes as he is a multiple national championship winning coach and could use those rings to prove that he is a winner. 

Second, the Buckeyes need a coach that doesn't put up with any funny business and demands nothing short of excellence on the field. Meyer was the coach of Florida Gators teams that demolished their competition with a stellar QB (Tim Tebow) under center and conducted themselves like champions every single day.

Lastly, Meyer would be able to win right away as the team still has some quality pieces left over such as Dan Herron, and so the Buckeyes would still be competitive in the rugged Big Ten.

Only time will tell whether Meyer actually steps out of retirement's shadow and resumes where he left off with Florida in Columbus.

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