Wolverines Continue to Be the Buckeyes' Bitch
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As in other sports, there are streaks in college football where one team just has another team's number.
We even see it in rivalries that aren't batshit crazy.
- They come, as in Washington's seven-game roll in the Apple Cup over Washington State;
- They swing back and forth, as in Army's current three-game streak following Navy's 14-game run; and
- They get snapped, such as Virginia finally winning a Commonwealth Cup against Virginia Tech after 15 straight losses.
Fans of those teams celebrate or mourn the results while the rest of fandom takes note, shrug, and go on to other things.
If only it was that way when Ohio State and Michigan play.
Every damn season, the media hype is inescapable.
The Maroons are back in the sport again at the Division III level. Maybe they should call the Wolverines and hook up again. At least Michigan would stand a fighting chance.
Since 2001, the Buckeyes have won 17 of 19 games in this series, so it's not just Jim Harbaugh.
The game's got all the impact of, say, Ohio State-Indiana or Ohio State-Penn State, both of which let fans tune in, check it out, and get on with the day like they do with most other rivalries that doesn't involve their interests.
This wasn't the case -- again -- at the Big House this weekend:
Same as it ever was.
And until someone in that conference steps it up a notch -- or possibly a couple of notches -- that's the same as it'll ever be.
Somehow, Michigan's assumed the mantle of Great White Hope against Ohio State, but it's long past time that they deserve it. This is just another game now, with 'way too many bells and whistles.