Ohio State-Michi­gan tilt may be one for books

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer

No. 2 Ohio State hosts ri­val and third-ranked Michi­gan to­day with a lot on the line, and it could join a long list of mem­o­rable games in the sto­ried se­ries, one of the most famed ri­val­ries in sports.

The Game is set up to be a gem.

No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) hosts ri­val and third-ranked Michi­gan (10-1, 7-1, No. 3 CFP) on to­day with a lot on the line, and it could join a long list of mem­o­rable games in the sto­ried se­ries.

Here’s a look back, in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, at some of the top games in one of the great­est ri­val­ries in sports, ac­cord­ing to AP Sports Writer Larry Lage.

Lage’s first mem­ory of The Game was in 1981 when Art Sch­lichter lifted the un­ranked Buck­eyes to a 14-9 win over sev­enth-ranked Michi­gan with a touch­down near his father’s seats in Sec­tion 19. Lage’s first game story as a jour­nal­ist cov­er­ing the se­ries came in 1995 when Tim Bi­ak­abu­tuka ran for 313 yards to help No. 18 Michi­gan beat No. 2 Ohio State 31-23. Lage has cov­ered one Michi­gan road game in the se­ries, a decade ago, and all the matchups at The Big House since 2001. The 43-year-old Lage played foot­ball across the street from Michi­gan Sta­dium at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and one of his team­mates was Mike Lantry, whose father was a cen­tral fig­ure in The Game’s 10-10 tie in 1973.

• 1950: In what is re­mem­bered as the “Snow Bowl,” the un­ranked Wolver­ines beat No. 8 Ohio State 9-3 as the tem­per­a­ture hov­ered around 10 de­grees with winds reach­ing nearly 30 mph and the white stuff mak­ing it tough to see or play. Ohio State fired coach Wes Fesler with an 0-3-1 record against the Wolver­ines. The Buck­eyes ended up hir­ing Woody Hayes, a young coach from Mi­ami (Ohio), to take his place.

• 1969: In Bo Schem­bech­ler’s first game against Hayes, his men­tor, No. 12 Michi­gan beat the topranked Buck­eyes 24-12 at home. Hayes lamented the loss, say­ing the Schem­bech­ler-led Wolver­ines beat the best team he ever had. The game was the start of what be­came known as the “Ten Year War,” with Bo beat­ing Woody five times, los­ing four games and fin­ish­ing one fa­mously tied.

• 1973: No. 1 Ohio State and No. 4 Michi­gan, both un­de­feated, bat­tled in an in­stant clas­sic to a 10-10 tie with enough drama to be the sub­ject of a doc­u­men­tary, “Tiebreaker.” The Wolver­ines got the bet­ter of play, but kicker Mike Lantry missed two field goals in the last 2 min­utes. Big Ten ath­letic di­rec­tors chose the Buck­eyes, not Michi­gan — per­haps be­cause quar­ter­back Den­nis Franklin got in­jured to rep­re­sent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl at a time when the con­fer­ence would only al­low one team to be in a bowl. The Big Ten would later de­cide to al­low more than one school to par­tic­i­pate in the post­sea­son.

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