When the final whistle sounded in East Lansing Saturday, it wasn't to mark the end of the Ohio State–Michigan State game. It was to signal the start of something much more important around these parts.
Welcome to Hate Week.
When the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines clash the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it will be the 113th meeting between the two schools. It's a series that dates to 1897 and with all due respect to Alabama–Auburn, USC–UCLA, Oklahoma–Texas and other so-called rivalry games, it stands head and shoulders above any other clash in college football.
Particularly this year, when the Buckeyes and Wolverines should meet with each team ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. It will be a de facto playoff quarterfinal game.
The stakes couldn't be higher.
It's time for war.