Kudos to the Penn State Nittany Lions for playing a very tough, gutty game today in cold, rainy Columbus. Fortunately, for Buckeye Nation, Ohio State was able to overcome lots of turnovers and sloppy play and continue their quest for a slot in this year’s College Football Playoff.
But that’s for another day. As the seconds ticked down this afternoon, all true Ohio State fans felt a little shiver in their spines and a quickening of their pulses. With the Penn State game behind us and a W secured, we knew deep in our guts that the greatest rivalry week in college football — really, in all of sports — is now upon us. And we also know that this year The Game is set up to be an absolute classic. Ohio State hopes to continue its march to the National Championship, and Michigan — which has an excellent team — knows that it can derail those hopes, and break the hearts of Buckeye fans everywhere, if they can just win this year’s edition of The Game.
Next week Ohio State will head to That State Up North to take on the Maize and Blue. The teams and their fans despise, but somehow respect, one another. Players who have taken the field in The Game say that it is one of the hardest-hitting, but cleanest, games they’ve ever experienced. Both teams want to win, but they want to win the right way.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Michigan Week. Brace yourselves!