Nov. 21, 2016
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan
Saturday, November 26th, 2016, Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH
Chris Fowler (Play-By-Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Sam Ponder (Sideline)
Tom Rinaldi (Sideline)
Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on ESPN Radio and Sirius/XM College Sports Nation channel 84.
FIRST AND 10
THE GAME OF ALL THE GAMES
Ohio State vs. Michigan is always one of the great sports weeks in all of sports and that week is upon us. No. 2, 10-1 and 7-1 Big Ten East Ohio State hosts No. 3, 10-1 and 7-1 Big Ten East Michigan Saturday at 12 noon in Ohio Stadium. This is the 11th time the teams are playing with each team ranked in the Top 5 of the Associated Press poll (6- 3-1 in favor of Ohio State). This is the 113th game in a series that began in 1897. ABC will televise the game — as it almost always does — to a national audience with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Sam Ponder describing the action.
AN ALL-TIME RECORD CROWD?
Expect the Ohio Stadium record attendance of 108,975, set last year against Michigan State, to fall this week. And, since Ohio Stadium will actually decrease in attendance with the removal of 2,600 less-than-ideal seats in 2018 as part of a renovation project that will preserve and upgrade parts of the stadium, this could be an attendance record well into the foreseeable future.
Large Times in Ohio Stadium
Record crowd: 108,975 vs. MSU in 2015
Largest OSU/UM crowd: 108,610 in 2014
COLLEGE GAME DAY IS BACK
ESPN’s College Game Day will be in Columbus, neatly nestled in the area in the southeast corner outside Ohio Stadium and beneath the bell tower. That location is just for the first three-and-a-half hours, though. An extended, five-hour Game Day is scheduled for this week with the final 90 minutes to be aired at field level inside of Ohio Stadium near the southwest corner.
37TH TIME OHIO STATE AT GAME DAY SITE
This will be the 37th time Ohio State has played a game situated at a College Game Day site. Saturday will also mark the 15th time Ohio State has hosted Game Day. The Buckeyes are 10-4 when hosting.
B1G TITLE GAME RAMIFICATIONS
OHIO STATE. MICHIGAN. THE RIVALRY
The Ohio State/Michigan game this week represents the 113th meeting between the teams and the 99th consecutive year the teams have played. While Michigan leads the all-time series with 58 wins against 47 losses and six ties, Ohio State has been victorious in 12 of the last 14 meetings. Note: all Ohio State records vs. Michigan exclude the vacated, 2010 victory in Columbus.
THIS SERIES … SINCE WOODY
Michigan won 19 of the first 24 games (with two ties) in this series, which dates to 1897, but since the 1951 season and the arrival of Woody Hayes, Ohio State leads the series 35-27-2.
SOME SERIES STREAKS
Ohio State has won four consecutive games over Michigan, which is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in this series. Michigan owns the longest such streak: nine games between 1901-09.
OSU/UM Series Win Streaks
9 — Michigan, 1901-09
6 — Ohio State, 2004-09
6 — Michigan, 1922-27
4 — Ohio State, 2012-current
4 — Michigan, 1988-91
4 — Ohio State, 1960-63
4 — Michigan, 1945-48
4 — Ohio State, 1934-37
RIVALRY BULLET POINTS
HOME VS. AWAY
Ohio State is 25-27-2 vs. Michigan in Columbus and 22-31-4 vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor.
A LOOK BACK AT SATURDAY’S WIN OVER MICHIGAN STATE