"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
There is some dissension among OSU fans regarding whether being a "true OSU fan" means that we should root for UM to lose in every situation: lose every game environment, lose every recruiting battle, lose every bit of media exposure -- or whether being a "true OSU fan" allows for wanting a great UM team, who performs at an elite level, recruits at an elite level, and wins at an elite level, with the exception of the last game in November against OSU.
I tend to be in the second camp, especially these days. OSU's strength of schedule relies on a competent, even elite UM team. Winning a #1 vs #2 OSU-UM game secures a trip to the National Title game in a way that a #2 OSU beating an unranked Michigan game can't necessarily. I also root for an elite Michigan team because I honestly loved the entertainment value of games like the 2006 "Game of the Century" that pitted an heroic #1 OSU team against an excellent #2 Michigan team. What's more, that victory satisfied me much more than the 14-3 or 42-7 OSU wins the following two years. I want a GREAT Michigan team, because beating an historically great Michigan team means an historically greatER OSU team. Beating an historically great Michigan team often means a Nat'l Title trip. Beating an historically great Michigan teams mean our OSU team is prepared to beat an historically great SEC team.
While getting a Top 3 recruiting class doesn't secure an elite Michigan team in the future, player development is significant, it does push them in that direction -- in the same way that landing the consensus #2 recruiting class last year pushes OSU in that direction.
Where do you stand on this? OSU or Michigan fans alike are welcome to chime in. Does a great Michigan team help OSU?