The Game 2016 is upon us.
College football’s most decorated and passionate rivalry again pits two top teams. For the first time since 2006’s “Game of The Century”, both Ohio State and Michigan are likely to be Top 4 programs when the two go head to head in Columbus next Saturday afternoon at noon.
A week ago, with Ohio State coming off a huge blowout win over Big Ten have not Maryland and Michigan having lost on the road against a just above .500 Iowa team, it would’ve been reasonable to think the two programs’ trajectories could have OSU positioned to recapture some of the magic which saw them emphatically ruin Jim Harbaugh’s The Game debut. But after both teams mostly struggled against lesser opposition this past Saturday, Buckeye and Wolverines anxieties alike would seem merited.
With Michigan most likely lacking quarterback Wilton Speight due to a collarbone injury, OSU is still getting the oddsmaker’s benefit of the doubt. Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes opened as a whomping 7-point favorite over John O’Korn and the Wolveriens Sunday morning. While homers on both sides will surely get the line to oscillate as we get closer to kickoff, something along the lines of OSU -3.5 would’ve sounded less ambitious to us.
What say you? Will Ohio State win yet another over their most hated rivals? Or is this the season Michigan finally breaks through en route to the Big Ten Championship Game?