The industrial nature of the Midwest has ensured that the economies, the histories, the futures and the people of Michigan and Ohio are indelibly intertwined. This is true of the automotive industry, but it is blatantly evident in the extracurricular activities between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Facts and Links
#1 v #2 - On November 18, 2006 both Ohio State (#1) and Michigan (#2) carried 11-0 records into the game. Ohio State won the battle 42-39.
In 2000, ESPN ranked the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry as the "Greatest North American Sports Rivalry."
In 2001, Jim Tressel led the Buckeyes to their first win in Ann Arbor in 14 years!
In 1991, the #1 Wolverines defeated the #4 Buckeyes 20-14 en route to a Rose Bowl victory over Washington State and their first national championship since 1948.
Four times from 1970 to 1975, the Buckeyes & Wolverines were both ranked in the top five AP rankings heading into the game.
Three players in the history of the rivalry have played for both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines: Howard Yerges, Jr., J. T. White, and Justin Boren
Jim Tressel won seven straight games in the rivalry from 2004-2010, the Buckeyes' longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry.
"No, goddammit! We do NOT pull in and fill up. And I'll tell you exactly why we don't. It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"