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Michigan-Ohio State breakdown: Rivalry renewed after a one-year hiatus, and the stakes couldn’t be higher


Ohio State and Michigan didn’t play last season, but the rivalry hardly went dormant. If anything, the one-year hiatus stoked the fire for Saturday’s game at Michigan Stadium, a battle to determine who will represent the Big Ten East next week in Indianapolis.

Will Ohio State’s offense annihilate another opponent? Will Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines finally reach the mountaintop? Beat writers Bill Landis (Ohio State) and Austin Meek (Michigan) discuss.

Meek: Bill, this feels to me like a vintage Michigan-Ohio State game: The No. 2 Buckeyes against the No. 5 Wolverines, both teams 10-1, Big Ten East on the line. That’s definitely a welcome change from last year when we spent this week talking about white flags and COVID-19 cases.

In some ways, this feels like a reset for the rivalry after last year’s cancellation and Ohio State’s lopsided wins in 2018 and 2019. Around here, we’ve heard a lot about the renewed emphasis on the rivalry and the staff changes that helped Michigan bounce back from an awful season in 2020. I’m curious about the Ohio State perspective on Michigan’s turnaround. How do you think the Buckeyes view this Michigan team compared with Harbaugh’s previous Michigan squads?

Landis: No OSU-Michigan game last year sucked. So I’m glad to have this one back on the schedule. I think there’s always a healthy amount of respect here, regardless of how Michigan’s season is going.





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