11 Reasons To Love Michigan Week 2010

By Alex on November 22, 2010 at 4:00p
This is what Michigan Week is all about!

Michigan Week is finally here. The Rose Bowl, rest of the BCS games, and National Championship Game can take a back seat. In Columbus, one thing matters every year, no matter what the circumstances, and that's beating the team from up north.

You can feel it in the air, whether you're on campus or across the world, the excitement surrounding this game is unmatched. As Buckeye fans we love to beat Michigan in any way we can, including blood drives and having more fun just nights before The Game by jumping in Mirror Lake (this year moved to Tuesday). There is just an extra level of Buckeye fever added when this rivalry match comes along and around the 11W headquarters things are no different.

That is why, to help the kick-off of Beat Michigan Week, we bring you the 11 reasons you need to get excited for this year's game, the 107th meeting in the rivalry. While we only list eleven here, please feel free to add your reasons in the comments sections below the post.

11. Everyone has an obnoxious friend who roots for Michigan

I know everyone has the annoying friend who is an alumnus of that heinous place up north or roots for the maize and blue. If you're a Buckeye fan, that just seems to be a part of your life. There is nothing better than shutting your buddy up after The Game is played every year, and this year is no different. Kick them when they're down is the saying, and while we can, I continue to say go for it, because one day it just won't be the case anymore.

10. Big Ten/Rose Bowl Chances Stay Alive

The Bucks are gunning for their record-tying sixth straight shared or outright Big Ten title, which is important in itself, but they are also trying to keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive. They need help from Wisconsin, who plays host to Northwestern this week, if they want to get the outright birth to Pasadena, though. I'm not sure that's going to happen, but the Bucks most likely will not even have that mere chance to go to the Rose Bowl again if they don't beat the Wolverines.

9. BCS Bowl Chances Stay Alive

If the Rose Bowl doesn't happen, the next best thing would be an invite to the Sugar or Orange bowls. The Bucks once again need to win this game for a shot at the trip to either New Orleans or to take their talents to South Beach, but they also need to fend off Stanford, LSU, and Boise State for an at-large bid in these two games. I think if the Bucks take care of business and finish at 11-1, their talent and money will be too much for the selection committees of either of these games to pass them up.

8. Pro-Combat Unis in the House

Love or Hate?

Yep, these are going to be the jerseys your Ohio State Buckeyes wear this coming weekend. Love them or hate them, they will definitely be anticipated and come off the racks quickly. I personally liked last year's and as of now, am not a fan of this year's version, but am still looking forward to seeing how fresh they look on the Silver Bullets this Saturday at noon.

7. Michigan jokes Are always fun

Don't really need to type much here, and many of these circulate around, but if you want some laughs, just google Michigan jokes, or check out this site

6. Give MICHIGAN some Insight, Pizza-Pizza, or some Texas TWO-STEP

Michigan is bowl eligible unfortunately, but at 7-4, a loss likely puts them in the Insight.com Bowl, Little Caesar's Bowl, or Texas Bowl. The Ticket City Bowl and Gator Bowl are indeed possible destinations, but 7-5 will be a hard sell out of the bottom three Big Ten feeder destinations. If we have to watch that porous defense go up against other conferences, let's at least send them where they actually have a shot to not make us look as bad.

5. We get our shot at Denard

I'll give credit where credit is due and the first player to rush and throw for 1,500 yards, gives the Nard Dog some props. I will however criticize who a lot of those stats came against and the type of plays in which some of those passes happen. We've heard all year how great Shoelace is from commentators, Michigan fans, and the folks on the team themselves, and I'm finally happy that B-Rolle and Jermale Hines will get their crack at #16. Will Robinson even make it through the whole game with the way Jermale has been hitting? I don't think so.

4. We love to hate Rich Rod

From being called a "snake in a wizard hat selling oil", breaking the rules on a constant basis at every school he's at, or just that stupid smug smile he puts on, we as Buckeye fans love to hate Rich Rodriguez. I really hope 7-5 is enough to save his job because I want him around for a few more years so we can beat the living snot out of Michigan, but part of me wants JT to unleash the dogs so bad that Dave Brandon has no choice but to cut the cord on the wanna-be Michigan man. Rich Rod, keep doing what you're doing and you'll be sure to be always have a loving fan base in Columbus, Ohio.

3. turkey and some wolverine too

It's definitely different, but I think I kind of like the whole Michigan game on Thanksgiving Saturday thing. First off, it gives me the chance to actually go to the gamer without taking off work every year. Secondly, there's just something about Thanksgiving and football that go together, and this game now tops off what is sure to be an exciting weekend of my two favorite things: food and football. I think this is a change that had some initial lash back, but will eventually be a favorable move by the conference.

2. 9-1, 7 In A Row, 2,662

If the Buckeyes win on Saturday, Jim Tressel will move to 9-1 against Michigan, it will be 7 wins in a row against Michigan for OSU, and it will be 2,662 days since UM last beat the Bucks. I don't even know how Tressel lost even one game to these guys with his approach to the rivalry and he're to hoping that is the only time he goes down to Michigan. Seven consecutive victories would be the second longest streak in the match-up and longest since Michigan tallied up nine in a row in the beginning of the last century. Finally the streak of days since UM last beat the Bucks is just awesome. Please keep the counter going and I want to see that number over 3,000 at this point next season.


No other reasons necessary. It's Michigan-Ohio State. It doesn't get any better than this. Let's beat the stuffing out of those guys and celebrate on High Street all night long!


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Kalamazoo Steve's picture

No Mo and an early exit by an injured Krenzel is the only reason JT isn't undefeated vs. skunk bears.

Another Jason's picture

I would argue that it was actually the return of the injured Krenzel that hurt more than his departure.  He played well before the injury, but terrible after it.  McMullen was playing pretty well before CK came back in.

ERIC OSU's picture

the girl on the right has a bulge in her bottoms, coincidence? I think not.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Haha...actually, I cut my hand off and put it there, thus creating the bulge. She's legit.

ERIC OSU's picture

haha sadly agreed. quite a pleasing picture, it took me several minutes to come up with a pitiful excuse to denounce her looks.

btalbert25's picture

Eric, I was thinking the same thing, the has a package lol.

BucksfanXC's picture

Reason 12) Their girl in that pic is slightly hotter.

13) We need to set the record for most wins in a row in this rivalry and winning this week is step one.

14) We still have to catch up in overall record and running them into the ground/kicking them while they are down is a good chance to do it.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Jeff @ Fox Sports Ohio's picture

That's no girl...that actually is Mike Hart.

BED's picture

+ 1 billion

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

741's picture

I want a Bitch Rod t-shirt.

btalbert25's picture

I don't know how many of you remember this shirt or not, but there is one with Brutus standing in his typical pose, and a Michigan Cheerlearder on her knees, The shirt read "Michigan Sucks"   I saw it in 2002 when I was on campus for the game, and haven't seen it since.  When I googled it today to see if it were still available, I see that Ohio State actually went after the designer for using liscensed trademarks on his shirt.  I was hoping that somewhere it was still out there.

btalbert25's picture

Are they still the silver bullets if they have Red Helmets?  I don't mind the Jersey, but do not like the Red Helmet.  We're going to look like Fresno State out there lol.

KenK's picture

Well, as long as we don't play like Fresno State..

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

BED's picture

The helmets are the only reason I oppose the procombat unis at all.  Last year and this.  Nothing says OSU like that Silver helmet with the stripes.

As long as they don't Oregon us, I'm fine with an alternative jersey or two.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

JakeBuckeye's picture

Do ANY of you realize that a red helmet is an accurate depiction of the 1942 team? Seriously...

Denny's picture

I do, I do!!

I do think they could have done the pre-silver helmet though, that has the silver/blac stripes - it's essentially the current helmet with scarlet and silver inverted. Would have worked with the jersey, but what they've got going is more 'accurate'.


buckeyedude's picture

I still think they should have ordered leather helmets for both sides in this one! That would be sweet!

And then DeeNerd would be out of the game after the 1st Qtr.



Bucksfan's picture

I think the unis are going to come off pretty badass.  The #'s on the jerseys are great.  Classic, plain, straight-forward scarlet and gray.  No questions asked.  Buckeyes didn't always wear what they wear now, so I often think we're too entrenched in the post-'68 look.  I saw some old highlights on the Big Ten Film Vault from the mid-60s and I thought it was pretty cool to see what Ohio State used to wear in color.  If we want to champion our tradition in people's faces, I think we could do a better job of keeping our minds open to the full 100+ years.


flipbuckeye's picture

No time to read right now but I will say this. SHWING!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Denard Robinson said today: "I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation. I don't care what nobody say. We face them every day, and they just help us get better."

mgoblog commenters are drooling all over this and UM player's 'confidence' this week. Its just a bit funny, as what group of idiots would publicly say "Yeah, we're going to get our teeth knocked in by Ohio State. Our defense is shit too."

Some also say it speaks to the great coaching. Sometimes I get a little sentimental on how great this rivalry is, but then the sentiment stops when I listen to Michigan fans.


Those uniforms are down right ugly they look like the Cincinnati reds uniforms

ERIC OSU's picture

I dont know if anyone saw the Santonio Holmes interview today on ESPN First Take....


: then click on "Holmes lifts Jets Again"

: if you want to skip all the bs, go to the 3:55 mark when dumb dana jacobson talks to Santone about the OSU-scUM rivalry.

santonio "accidentally" sells out braylon edwards, LOL..

1.  UofM has really hit an all-time low

2.  Braylon really hates Dick Rod.

M Man's picture

I am every bit as concerned about what Braylon Edwards thinks about Rich Rodriguez, as any of you might be concerned with what Terry Glenn thought of Jim Tressel.  Braylon never even played for Rich Rodriguez.  Braylon did play for Lloyd Carr, and while an underclassman, he got as deeply into Carr's doghouse as anybody who ever started on any of his teams.

Still, we'll always have Ann Arbor, won't we, Braylon?  I remember it well.  You wore blue.  The Germans Buckeyes wore gray.  Here's looking at you, kid:

And Alex!  "...[Rodriguez]... breaking the rules on a constant basis at every school he's at..." ? Wtf?  You guys are smarter than that.

Denny's picture

I'd have strong feelings for the last guy to win a game over OSU too.

Regardless of his ability to catch a football these days.


Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Is it Saturday yet? Damn. Its only a 4 day work week for me and its still stupidly slow. My birthday is on Thanksgiving this year. I told my family I wanted nothing they could get me. Just a total ass-beating given to the Wolverines. A throwback Jersey would be nice though.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

rons z28's picture

dang..chick in the buckeyes jersey is HOTTTTTTT