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Michigan-Ohio State first victim of Big Ten expansion?

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10:19 AM ET 08.22 | Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon on Friday, a day after published quotes from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith appeared in which he suggested the Michigan-Ohio State game could possibly move from its traditional date as the last game of their seasons, essentially said this: Expect Michigan and Ohio State to be in separate divisions in the newly expanded Big Ten, and their annual meeting probably won't be played on its traditional late November weekend.

Detroit News

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August 22, 2010  10:44 AM ET

why would you do that? There are plenty of rivalry games with teams that aren't in the same division or even the same conference yet they play the final game every year.... Moving OSU Michigan would just be dumb

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August 22, 2010  11:40 AM ET

OK let's turn Mich-tOSU into a wannabe Red River Shootout. TX/OU own October. Way to diminish relevance even further Big 10.

August 22, 2010  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why would you do that? There are plenty of rivalry games with teams that aren't in the same division or even the same conference yet they play the final game every year.... Moving OSU Michigan would just be dumb

I agree 100%. This is a fantastic rivalry that needs to be preserved. Who the heck is making these decisions anyway? A bunch of drunken sailors?

August 22, 2010  11:56 AM ET

this would be so stupid to do....i wish they would move the ND-USC games to the last game of the year regardless of who is home or away. bull crap that USC never has to play in the cold in South Bend

August 22, 2010  12:10 PM ET

This series has been way overated for a long time.

August 22, 2010  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

OK let's turn Mich-tOSU into a wannabe Red River Shootout. TX/OU own October. Way to diminish relevance even further Big 10.

Mich-OSU is a bigger rivalry than Texas-Oklahoma. Everyone knows that.

August 22, 2010  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This series has been way overated for a long time.

I would have an issue with this, if Michigan was actually fielding a decent team, but as the past few years has shown, Michigan is not good at all. Sure they are improving, but really, its over hyped and usually meaningless by the time both teams play. Honestly let them play the last game of the year, its not like they will face each other again the following week or two later any time soon.

August 22, 2010  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

OK let's turn Mich-tOSU into a wannabe Red River Shootout. TX/OU own October. Way to diminish relevance even further Big 10.

tosu-michigan owns the Red River Shootout traditionally . I don't wanna hear it.

August 22, 2010  12:40 PM ET

GoBlue, You cannot be serious. I grew up in Ohio and have to laugh at your claim. The only people that believe OSU/Michigan is the best are those up that way. It is a top 5 rivalry game, but for too long it's lived on past glory. Please use some common sense, and not just bias.

August 22, 2010  12:46 PM ET

Guys, I share the sense of loss at what was once THE GAME. An era has ended. Tressel vowed to support the tradition, but Michigan no longer has the stomach for it. Their fight is gone. The wings on their helmets are "yella". As a Buckeye fan living in Michigan it has been truly pitiful to see how the once mighty villain has fallen ... and don't wanna get up. Michigan is more about saving face against their x-state rival they once called "Little Brother". Michigan has all but conceded this yr's match to Ohio State and the local press says that while the "Little Brothers" will duke it out, they both know that the Buckeyes are "Big Daddy". How bad is it? Troy Woolfolk their star CB, out for the season with broken leg, said he's optimistic by nature and went so far as to say they would win 8 games this season, which means the most optimistic player has already pegged his team with 4 losses - and he said that before he broke his leg.

August 22, 2010  12:52 PM ET

McD, I don't think common sense is necessarily any more accurate a judge in this case...I understand your point but there are certainly polls out there (including some recent ones) that list out great rivalries...that's at least some data.

In any case, regardless of where this rivalry stands with others, I think we'd all agree that tradition (including rivalry games) are one of the reasons why CFB is so great, and I'd hate to see OSU/Michigan go by the wayside (nor TX/OU, etc.). Come on, Gene, don't let this happen!!

August 22, 2010  12:58 PM ET

Surely the ratings for this rivalry is still very high, money will decide who plays who and when.

August 22, 2010  01:05 PM ET

Rockhound, from what I read in Detroit Free Press - it ain't Gene. Brandon wants out. He talks about time for change - all the "right" things you say when you throw in the towel. He comes across with the kind of talk you'd expect from a 2nd stringer that he was when he played for Michigan. The local press supports this resignation from THE GAME. Drew Sharp (Detroit Free Press) wants it played on Labor Day night when no one watches TV 'cept for Jerry Lewis Telethon. Pitiful!

August 22, 2010  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Surely the ratings for this rivalry is still very high, money will decide who plays who and when.

Ding, Ding, Ding, We have a winner!!!

There is no way that the Big Ten is going to split up these two teams. This is just a reporter from Detroit trying to make something outta nothing. If you actually think that either school would agree to abandon tradition that spans over 100 years, then you are as delusional as this reporter.

August 22, 2010  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

this would be so stupid to do....i wish they would move the ND-USC games to the last game of the year regardless of who is home or away. bull crap that USC never has to play in the cold in South Bend

Yeah, lets get them sun soaked beach bums to travel to the Midwest in November.
The temperature sensitive little cry babies.

August 22, 2010  01:13 PM ET

The Big ten has enough teams to do an east-west division split.
The east could be OSU, Michigan, Mich St, Penn st, Purdue and Indiana.
The west would have, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Both divisions would feature solid teams and make the championship game really good while perserving the rivalry of OSU v Mich along with other rivalries.

August 22, 2010  01:13 PM ET

Rockhound,

I understand history and tradition, I am just pointing out that some fans NEVER recognize other rivalries, and are too ignorant to acknowledge the greatness of the regional rivalries. OSU-Michigan has been on ABC probably for the last 30 years with no other regional coverage on, so the game has been shoved down our throats. There have been great players, national championship and Rose Bowl implications, and other storylines in the past, but the overall importance seems to have been blown out of proportion. Each program is a top ten national program historically, and the truth is it once was a great rivarly, but it's time that other rivalries get their due, like Auburn/Alabama, Clemson/SCarolina, Oregon/Oregon State.

August 22, 2010  01:14 PM ET

Oops, I meant to put Northwestern in the west not Purdue.

 
August 22, 2010  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Rockhound,I understand history and tradition, I am just pointing out that some fans NEVER recognize other rivalries, and are too ignorant to acknowledge the greatness of the regional rivalries. OSU-Michigan has been on ABC probably for the last 30 years with no other regional coverage on, so the game has been shoved down our throats. There have been great players, national championship and Rose Bowl implications, and other storylines in the past, but the overall importance seems to have been blown out of proportion. Each program is a top ten national program historically, and the truth is it once was a great rivarly, but it's time that other rivalries get their due, like Auburn/Alabama, Clemson/SCarolina, Oregon/Oregon State.

I think you are missing the point, all rivalries have their ups and downs. The OSU/Mich game has been played for over 100 years and in that time both teams have had their runs of consecutive wins.
I was at "The Game" in 2006 when both teams went in undefeated and the winner going to the NC. This game absolutely lived up to the hype and until recent years the same can be said. Look at the last 10 years and the games have not been as lopsided as some believe.
1999- Mich 24 OSU 17
2000- Mich 38 OSU 26
2001- OSU 26 Mich 20
2002- OSU 14 Mich 9
2003- Mich 35 OSU 21
2004- OSU 37 Mich 21
2005- OSU 25 Mich 21
2006- OSU 42 Mich 39
2007- OSU 14 Mich 3
2008- OSU 42 Mich 7
2009- OSU 21 Mich 10

Sure OSU has won more games the last 10 years but they have not completely dominated all of these games. The reason the media forces this game down our throats is because they KNOW WHAT SELLS! Keep the rivalry for our kids to chear for!!!!

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