Re: OSU-UM Football Rivalry
Originally Posted by gonelong
Put tOSU and Mich in 2 different divisions, and then have them meet in the first Big10 game of the season. Each team should have a rivalry game, regardless of division affiliation. An early tOSU/Mich game kicks off the season and IMO would be well received.
More often than not both teams will be highly ranked early, so a W moves you up the polls, and a loss doesn't kill the season for the other team. It keeps both teams relevant in the BCS for the majority of the season. If a rematch in the title game is playing out during the season, the building tension will be thick.
If they meet in the Big10+2 Championship game then you have your traditional winner-takes-all tOSU/Mich matchup at then end of the season, and not simply a repeat of last weeks game. If the loser of the first match wins the final and only has 1 loss, they are still a viable BCS NC candidate.
If the first game was a lopsided game, the national interest will still be there since the first game is so far in the rear-view mirror. If the first game was a close game, then the interest will be very high.
You are sorely mistaken if you think a Michigan vs Ohio State game would work in September or early October. People would go nuts if it was the first Big Ten game.
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