I was there and it was very painful. We drove up there and had a great time until the game started. The Bucks scored the first two times they had the ball missing the extra point on the first touchdown and going for two and failing on the second. From the second quarter on it was all down hill. What made it particularly difficult was that we had some little pissant Michigan fan with his wife and kid there and he was going nuts and had a very big mouth. Every great play by Michigan, he made an obnoxious comment. I'm sure it was one of the most joyous times of his life.
OSU had a great team. I believe that the average score of an OSU victory that year was about 42-7 even with the Michigan loss. The year before OSU beat Michigan, a highly ranked team, 50-14. The last touchdown, OSU went for two not to rub salt in the wound of the loss but because their kicker was injured during the game and he couldn't make the kick. That's not how Michigan saw it and it definitely infuriated the Wolverines when in a post-game press conference when asked why he went for two Woody made his famous quote, "because I couldn't go for three." Talk about a chip on their shoulder, that was't a chip - that was a deep gauge. In the locker room after the game, the retiring Michigan coach was understandably incensed about the two point insult and told his broken-hearted players to remember the contempt shown Michigan on that play. (not exact words but exact sentiment, I once met a Michigan guy who played in both games,)
The next year they hired Bo, who was an assistant coach under Woody before he got his head coaching gig at Miami. Michigan had I believe two early season losses but I noticed that in the last few games before the Ohio State game, they had huge blowouts. Michigan had two big advantages that game that I believe the Bucks took lightly. One was an insanely hostile crowd and the second was a head couch who knew everything OSU was going to do in the game before they did it. It was a classic case of pride coming before the fall.
I believe the Michigan-Ohio State game will be the most dangerous game on the schedule. The similarities are stark. OSU has beaten Michigan twelve out of the last fourteen years (talk about a grudge) and during the Tressel years, some of those games were blowouts. They have hired a great coach who I'm sure will have his players prepared and rabid with hatred before they take the field against us in Ann Arbor. The Michigan fans will be in an execrated frenzy and if the game is close in the fourth quarter, the crowd could will them to win and in my opinion, as great a couch as UBF is, the wins against Michigan have been uncharacteristically sloppy. I don't think that will be a concern this year but the team should be prepared to face a crowd much worse than they experienced at Penn State last year.
Say what you will about Brady Hoke, if there's one ability he possessed it was the ability to recruit. Yes, OSU has greater talent but the history of college football is filled with underdog wins, teams that beat a rival when they shouldn't have been on the same field with them. (Michigan against Appalachian State). And we all know that OSU has a huge target on their back and for some teams, playing OSU will be their bowl game.
OSU should win but it will probably be a much more difficult game than currently expected.
I hope I'm wrong.