The Ohio State-Michigan game 2009 means everything for only one side today. This Ohio State-Michigan game 2009 isn’t a title game, like last week’s Ohio State-Iowa match was. Ohio State already wrapped up the Big 10 and a BCS berth, so all that’s at stake in the 2009 Michigan game is the outright championship. Although the Ohio State vs Michigan game won’t change the Buckeyes’ path, they want to destroy any bowl game hopes for the Wolverines, and put Rich Rodriguez’s future in bigger jeopardy
The Ohio State-Michigan game 2009 illustrates how low things have gotten for the Wolverines. In the past, the Wolverines played the Buckeyes with a national title, or Big 10 championship, at stake. Now Michigan has been reduced to hoping for a .500 record and a bowl game today.
After a promising start, the Wolverines have completely collapsed, sinking to 5-6. A loss to the Buckeyes today would end Michigan’s season – and even if they won, they would be in a minor bowl game with a .500 record. Still, defeating their arch-rivals for the first time in six years would overshadow that, and take some heat off of Rich Rodriguez.
Coming into this Ohio State vs Michigan game, Rodriguez is in hot water in only his second season. He made fans believe that the rebuilding process would take a giant step forward this year, but Michigan has only gone backwards again. Another loss to Ohio State would make Ann Arbor more impatient, and start wondering if Rodriguez is the man to fix things.
As for Ohio State, they will face their own tough questions when they go to the Rose Bowl, and try to finally win a big bowl game. However, no matter how often Ohio State falters in the clutch lately, they can at least say that they’re in better shape than the Wolverines. The Buckeyes still remain in contention every year, even if they come up a bit short in January.
This 2009 season looked to be a rebuilding one for Ohio State as well, as soon as last month. But after losing to Purdue, the Buckeyes rose back by throttling Penn State, and holding off Iowa for the Big 10 title last week.
Now Ohio State can roll into the Rose Bowl – against a Pac-10 champion that isn’t USC – on a major hot streak. Destroying what’s left of Michigan’s season, and winning the Big 10 outright, would just be icing on the cake in Columbus.
The Wolverines fans still hope that the Ohio State-Michigan game 2009 is their first win against the Buckeyes since 2003, though few others expect it. Kickoff is at noon in the Big House on ABC.
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