COLUMBUS, Ohio — The game Ohio State football has been waiting for is finally here.
The Buckeyes focus on their rival Michigan every day of the week, but for the first time in a decade it didn’t result in a season-ending win and ruined all their plans. They want to beat their rival, win the Big Ten title and win a national title, but none of that is possible without that first one.
It’s a year later and the rivalry is at an all-time high for every reason imaginable. The Wolverines’ win last season put them in the driver’s seat for the first time, and they used it to throw plenty of billboard material. It’s also been four years since The Game was played in Columbus thanks to COVID-19, leading to its cancellation in 2020. There’s even individual legacies on the line, whether it’s Ryan Day trying not to go 1-2 in the rivalry or CJ Stroud is the first quarterback not to have beaten Michigan in almost 30 years.
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What’s more, both teams come into play 11-0 for the first time since 2006 this weekend, paving the way for The Game of the Century Part II.
OSU has been in this position before under Day of Feeling, like an entire season dedicated to Revenge. The 2020 season was all about cracking Clemson again after a controversial loss to the Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl. It was given a second chance and made the most of it.
But that’s all but on the strongest steroids imaginable. The Buckeyes lost to their rival in a way that has had the world questioning everything about the direction the program is taking under new leadership. They spent the summer listening to all of this while patiently awaiting November 26th.
This day has come with a chance for redemption.
“This is going to be the most physical game you’ve ever played in your life,” head coach Ryan Day said in the Gameday trailer. “If you come to the state of Ohio, come here to play this game. That’s it. That’s really why you come here. This is the place to play.”
Watch the full trailer above as you prepare to watch Ohio State take on the Wolverines on Saturday.
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