I have not commented on 11W for awhile now. And those of you who are *really* regulars know my handle. From the first day that Hoke was hired as Michigan's head coach I was ecstatic. I figured, at that point, that Tressel would be good for 2 or 3 more wins over Mi****** before Hoke righted the ship and made this rivalry competitive.
Now that both schools are faced with new coaching hires I am, at the very least, curious, to see how this rivalry will pan out. "Ohio" may continue its recent dominance or the Wolverines may strike back.
I believe this Game, this year, will have a major impact on this rivalry. If Fickell is able to man a team that *only* loses to those b'stards up north, his job will be in doubt, to say the least. The fact of the matter is, he only has a one year contract at this point, and his performance will be judged on this ONE season. If he he even comes close to winning a conference championship AND beats you-know-who, he might have a career ahead of him at Ohio State.
If he loses 3, 4, (God help me) 5 games this year, not only will he not be the head coach next year, we will lose him forever as an assistant. (Assuming of course that the next coach *Urban Meyer(?)* does not want him.
In a perfect world, Fickell leads this team to an undefeated season and completely demorilizes the 'Rines (to the tune of 85-0), hires Urban Meyer as an offensive coordinater in the off-season and leads our Buckeyes to a national title in his second year the same way "Uncle Tressel" did.