Rich, the mastermind, may not be worried about "the so-called pageantry", but he probably is worried about how his offense will fare against the Big Ten's top defense.
If the Buckeyes pull through on Saturday, I'll be lucky enough to have been alive to see Notre Dame and Michigan go 3-9 back-to-back. I still contend that Charlie Weis and Rich Rodriguez are single-handedly trying to destroy midwestern football, but it's been kind of fun to watch.
I know, I know. Hubris, rivalry game -- all that. It's going to be tough to go Holtz this week with platitudes, so I'm just warning you out of the gate. 19.5 point lines will do that.