Friday, November 17, 2006

The College Football Game of the Year

Allow me to quote Sam Walker:

The first time the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes played a football game, Victoria was the queen of England, Babe Ruth was in diapers and the sport of basketball was six years old.

The rivalry between these schools, which began in 1897 and resumes tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio, predates the introduction of aspirin. It is older than the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees -- than the World Series, the Boy Scouts of America, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the state of Oklahoma.

Sport's analysts are predicting an Ohio State victory, but either way it's going to be a great game. Prominent sport's analyst Steve Burchett writes, "Ohio State 28, Michigan 26 (Ohio State is going to block a Michigan field goal attempt as time expires)--But I'm not a prophet! Go Bucks." What will be the end result? I can't say. I don't know enough to analyze the game before it happens, but I can say that this is the biggest game in college football this year.

When number one and number two go head to head, in an ancient rivalry, and when ESPN is counting down the days you know you're witnessing an amazing sporting event. Both teams are strong defensively. Ohio State, with Heisman candidate Troy Smith, are more defined offensively than their opponents, but there are no guarantees.

Coverage begins at 3:00, kick-off at 3:30 on ABC. Don't hear about it at the Water Cooler on Monday morning, be there!


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