That Team Up North!

To fans of college football, the week in November which encumbers the Thanksgiving holiday is known as Rivalry Week.

The time reserved for settling the bad-blood between two university’s opposing views of their history!

And while those games receive outsized attention on their respective campuses, rarely do the Civil War, Iron Bowl or Red River Showdown have much impact on the greater college football scene.

But each year, at 12:00 PM on the Saturday after Thanksgiving THE Buckeyes from Ohio State and Wolverines from the University of Michigan play their rivalry game.

With the winner often moving on to a spot in college footballer “final four.”

Coming into THE game this year THE Buckeyes and Wolverines were ranked # 2 and # 5 respectively making it the 12th time the rivals have met while both teams were ranked among the nation’s top-five.

The animus between the two schools combining with the relevance on the play-off picture combine to make THE Game, college football’s second greatest rivalry behind Army-Navy.

High Noon

This Saturday, with a spot in the College Football Playoffs and its accompanying one-in-four chance of winning a National Championship on the line, the Ohio State Buckeyes took the field to battle their hated rivals, the Wolverines of Michigan.

The largest stadium in the western hemisphere Big House on the campus of the University of Michigan hosted the 117th meeting between the bitter rivals.

In honor of the rivalry, I reminded my friend Phil how much less four-years of drinking beer costs in Columbus than it does in Ann Arbor.