The average Michigan fan or alum is ignorant to the fact that OSU's academic standing has increased dramatically in the past 20 years (and some could argue it's even increased substantially in the last 10 years).
The "inferior OSU academics" that Michigan faithful like to bring up compared to their school just isn't relevant in 2015. Yeah, Michigan is a great place, but the gap between the two is now minimal, if any. And like someone else stated, the vast majority of recruits signing to play football at Michigan will be steered into the general studies program. General studies majors who play football at Michigan are rarely experiencing the same top-notch education and educational experience that the typical Michigan student receives.
Michigan fans will dispute all of what I stated, but Michigan placed a greater emphasis on winning games over being an entirely elite academic institution a long, long time ago. Schools such as Chicago or any Ivy League school that Michigan alums think is comparable to UM decided a long time ago not to make academic exceptions for athletes. Michigan decided to make exceptions, which is how they've remained relevant in big-time college football and basketball over the past 50 years.
The majority of the 2015 recruiting classes at UM and OSU will basically receive the same experience in college. This experience involves a global public university education at a school with massive student body/alumni figures in a setting where academics take a back seat to football and academic advisors/babysitters are utilized to do whatever they possible can within NCAA rules to ensure that these athletes stay on track to remain eligible. If they graduate, that is just icing on the cake. This goes for UM, OSU, Notre Dame, and any other big-time athletics program that tosses around impressive or superior academic rankings during the recruiting game. Stanford, Vanderbilt, BYU, and Northwestern are a little more stringent in sticking to their universities academic interests. But not the University of Michigan and definitely not their football program, which is now coached by a "football is as important as anything else in life" individual.