For Buckeye Nation, this is one of the most important weeks of the year. It is Michigan Week — seven days of nervous anticipation and intense mental preparation for the Buckeyes’ biggest game of the year. The week will come to an end at noon on Saturday, when Ohio State and Michigan square off in The Game, for another edition of the greatest single-game rivalry in sports.
On the OSU campus, Michigan Week is a great week for charitable activities. Michigan and Ohio State compete to see who can donate the most blood to the American Red Cross. Goodwill runs a clothing drive. There will be pep rallies, and banner contests, and the traditional Mirror Lake jump on Friday. (The Mirror Lake dip might be a bit bracing — the forecast is for snow flurries on Friday, and a crisp, clear conditions come game time.)
It’s weird to have Thanksgiving during Michigan Week; usually the game is played the preceding Saturday. The upcoming game will give a lot of Columbus families something to debate while gobbling down their turkey.
I’ll have some thoughts about The Game later this week. For now, I’ll just enjoy the long-awaited arrival of one of the greatest weeks of the year.