This is it, folks. The Game is upon us. A lot is riding on this game for the Buckeyes. While our spot in the Big Ten championship game is already guaranteed, we are still trying to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee enough that they'll invite us to their big party in January. We need a big win today and a solid one next week. (For Michigan, this game's really just about determining how embarrassing their season will be overall: very or not as much.) Let's look at how you can get in on the hating, as well as the other big games of the day.
When and where is the game today?
The Wolverines are coming down here this year to challenge us in the 'Shoe. Despite Internet rumors that the game would be under the lights this year, kickoff will be at noon.
How can I enjoy the beatdown? Tell me where to direct my hatred.
If you won't be at the game, tune your TV and your hate to ABC. While the game will also be available in select areas on Watch ABC, it will not be on WatchESPN. If you were counting on that, then make sure you have a backup plan. Our television crew this week will be Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill. Paul Keels is always a good alternative. You can find you local Ohio State radio network affiliate here.
If you find yourself awake at 6 a.m. ET, you can get a head start on the day by checking out last year's game on ESPNU.
Where will GameDay be spending this day of rivalries?
The folks at ESPN seems to prefer the warmer weather. You can find Herbstreit and the gang in Tuscaloosa, AL, where No. 15 Auburn looks to knock off their rival, No. 1 Alabama. If Auburn can do that, it'd be great, because 1) nobody likes to see an SEC team on top, and 2) that would help move us up in the rankings. The Iron Bowl starts at 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN, so you'll definitely be able to check it out after the Buckeyes.
What about the rest of the teams still ranked ahead of the Buckeyes?
All five teams ranked ahead of us play this week. As we just discussed, No. 1 Alabama plays at 7:45 p.m. ET. No. 2 Oregon will battle in-state rival Oregon State at 8 p.m. on ABC. No. 3 (and still undefeated) Florida State will play their in-state rival Florida at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN. No. 4 Mississippi State will battle rival No. 19 Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. That game will also be on at 3:30 p.m., and it'll air on CBS. No. 5 TCU played against Texas on Thanksgiving and won 48-10. Woof. While not all of their opponents are ranked, these are rivalry games. Anything can happen. A loss or two would go a long way in winning us a spot in the top four.
And what about the rest of the B1G?
All of the Big Ten action today takes place at either noon or 3:30. To start the day, in addition to Ohio State-Michigan, we have Purdue at Indiana on the BTN and Illinois at Northwestern on ESPNU and WatchESPN. In the afternoon, you can watch Rutgers at Maryland on ESPNU and WatchESPN, No. 10 Michigan State at Penn State on ABC, ESPN2, and WatchESPN, or No. 18 Minnesota at No. 14 Wisconsin on the BTN. This will be a big game for us, as the winner will advance to the Big Ten championship game next week against us.
Check out the chart below for all the college football action today.
It's Nov. 29, and Michigan still sucks.