Michigan Week in Full Swing in Columbus

By Kyle Rowland on November 25, 2013 at 10:00p
The past is never far when it comes to Ohio State-Michigan.

Stumble upon the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and you quickly realize who Ohio State plays this week. The Ms on a plaque honoring Hayes outside the facility are covered with scarlet tape and all the 2013 opponents except “That Team Up North” are covered on a schedule inside the team meeting room, effectively making it a one-game season. Beat Michigan Week is in full swing on the Buckeyes’ campus.

Head coach Urban Meyer committed the ultimate sin on Monday by uttering the word “Michigan.” When a reporter pointed it out, Meyer was taken aback and apologized.

“I did?” Meyer asked, stunned. “Wow.”

The Ashtabula native and child of the Ten-Year War said he learned at a very young age to dislike Michigan. But he said an appreciation for the fierce rivalry never really forms until you’re immersed in it. For Meyer, that happened in the late 1980s when he became a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce.

“I was driving to work on a Monday morning. I was a 21-year-old graduate assistant and I look up on those twin towers by the stadium, and it says ‘Muck Fichigan,’” he recalled. “I said, that is really cool right there. They switched the M and the F and someone made them take it down. That was in 1986, so there is some old student now that is laughing their tail off saying, yeah, that was my room.”

Meyer is a college football buff who’s coached at four schools with bitter rivalries – Bowling Green’s “Battle of I-75” with Toledo, the “Holy War” between Utah and BYU, Florida-Florida State and, now, arguably the biggest rivalry in college football. He’s known to give quizzes to assistant coaches on the history of the program and rivalries.

“I’m a huge fan of college football,” Meyer said. “I think that’s what separates it. I’m a fan of pro football, too, but the pageantry and rivalries are unique in college football.

“Our players get it.”

The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s game as a 13-point favorite over a Michigan team that is reeling. The Wolverines lost three of four and four of six games – all to conference opponents. Dating to 2001, Michigan has only defeated Ohio State twice. It appears the Buckeyes will add to their archrival’s misery again.

But don’t tell players or coaches that. Even though Meyer admitted the football staff “goes over the top” with The Game, ultimate respect is also aimed at Michigan.

“We’ll get their best game,” he said, adding that records are irrelevant for the regular-season finale. “Teams that care about rivalries, it doesn’t matter.”

The Wolverines will also get Ohio State’s best as injured linebacker Curtis Grant and banged up cornerback Armani Reeves are slated to play. Meyer also said cornerback Doran Grant, who missed the second half against Indiana, will be available.

The next two weeks will be a new experience for the Buckeyes, but Meyer has already dealt with playing a rival and then turning around to faceoff in a highly anticipated conference championship game. He did so three times while at Florida. The most important thing, Meyer said, is to stay rested and healthy.

“I don’t want to say it’s awful, but you talk about blowing out your staff and our players and then throwing finals week,” Meyer said. “Our focus is on [Michigan], but we know what’s coming. You have to be so disciplined in the way you practice. I’m going to warn our coaches about sleep and taking care of yourself, because these next two weeks are going to be brutal.”


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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

El Guapo will be this year's Tim Biakabutuka

Brady Hoke ate my comment

ogama843's picture

El Guapo will be this year's El Guapo. He will run like a gazhino. Fast like a gazelle and punishing like a rhino. He does not deserve to be likened to a member of the inbred scUM family. HE will be setting the standard for future comparisons. Git em Guapo!!!!


Holy Buckeye!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

The Rhino completely f@#$ed up the boar... holy moly that was cool!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Jhesse17's picture

Did you see how the gazelle used his eyes to get the second cheetah to get his hips to the sideline then exploded through the gap? Perfect RB for a zone blocking system. Get that animal a schollie. 

oldbuckeyedave's picture

go bucks beat meatchicken


USMC11917's picture

Burrows>Reeves. Not hating, just stating and obvious fact. (Well, maybe an opinion but the proof was on the field albeit different teams...)

cplunk's picture

They play different positions with different responsibilities.
I would tend to agree with you, but we should take into account the two CB positions are different in our scheme

SMP's picture

I agree, plus one for you!

Hovenaut's picture

Apologies in advance if I missed it, what's ailing Doran Grant?
Also thought Cam Burrows had a strong game in his relief against IU.

AndyVance's picture

Agreed - Burrows was i_pressive in Saturday's outing. Here's hoping that's a sign of things to co_e.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

I see what you did there, AV.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

AndyVance's picture

It's a little thing that Coach _ark Pantoni inspired on Twitter, and that started to catch fire on this thread. We'll see if it catches on :)

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Grant actually got hit in the head by Shazier as they both were making a tackle to end the first half.  I didn't see it live but saw it on a replay of the game last night on BTN.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

WashingtonStateBuck's picture

Don't know what was ailing Doran Grant but Urban said today that he is fine and is practicing. It was odd. I looked back on the DVR to see if he took a hit and I didn't see anything. Maybe he was dehydrated? That is total speculation on my part. 
There was also a picture that surfaced that showed him directing TBDBITL at the team's meet and greet with the band. 
Cam really stepped in and played well, however. His future is bright. 

Nkohl13's picture

Last play of the first half. You didn't catch it because the medical staff was taking care of him while the teams were leaving the field. 

WashingtonStateBuck's picture

Thanks, Buckeyesouth. I don't know how I missed that when I reviewed. I guess I should have just kept watching Shazier cause he was hitting/tacking anything and everything that got it his way on Saturday, including his own guys!

Seattle Linga's picture

Memo to Mrs. Herman - please do us all a favor and for one week - take care of little Mavericks needs in the middle of the night. We need Tom to get all the rest possible. 
Thanks - the entire Buckeye Nation !!

buckguyfan1's picture

Like Tressel, Urbz has been planning for this one all year long regardless of what's on paper.  I believe we will see some knew blitz packages and offensive formations for this one. 
Throw in a Holiday with Family... This is the Best Damn Week of the Year!
Go Buckeyes!

1967Buck's picture

I work swing shift and will be working. Oh Well.... Go Bucks!!! 

NicktheLaw13's picture

Urban would hang 80 on Michigan if he could. I hope he does

bucknut3011's picture

I'll second that one.

nm_buck's picture

The key to _aking sure we do_inate this ga_e is to anticipate a very physical battle in the trenches... as if we are playing a highly ranked opponent.
Throw out the records.  This is a season all its own.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

741's picture

It wasn't my room, but I lived in Morrill Tower that year. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I cannot wait to see how many Buckeye fans line the stadium in AA!!!  I want to hear the O - H - I - O make its way around that place!!!  That will be incredibly humiliating and I will be nourished by that!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Even Woody said Michigan every now and then

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Yeah.  Every ti_e he farted.
True story. 
He'd say, "Ahhh!  there's another _ichigan!"

I like cookies.

3 Yards And A Cloud of Dust's picture

Because I couldn't go for three.  Beat TTUN!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

The tea_ who will not be na_ed hasn't _ade _uch of a na_e for itself anyways!

I like cookies.