Anyone with even a basic knowledge of college football knows of the long-time rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. That rivalry may take a big hit if what the Big Ten reported today is true: The Buckeyes and Wolverines will soon be hitting the gridiron in different divisions.
With the teams to be split into two six-team divisions in the 2011 season, a choice had to be made as to which rivalries should be preserved, and Ohio State and Michigan lost the coin toss. Rivals Michigan-Michigan State will remain in the same division, as will Iowa-Minnesota.
ESPN.com reports that a crossover game will still be played between rival teams now in different divisions, but it is not known at this time whether the crossover game will be the traditional final game of the season. An announcement is scheduled to be made at 7:00 pm eastern today, September 1, 2010.
Currently reported division lineups:
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has continued for decades, with only a few years where the teams didn’t hit the playing field. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have played alternately between Columbus and Ann Arbor since 1918, and has traditionally been the last game of the year since 1935. Michigan won the first game in 1897, stomping Ohio State 34-0. Of the 106 matchups, the Buckeyes fall short of the Wolverine’s 57-43-6 record. Michigan also leads in both divisional and national championships, with 11 national titles to Ohio’s 7 titles, and Big Ten titles of 42-34.
Not only out for blood on the field, the teams’ rivalry also scored touchdowns for several charities over the years by holding Red Cross blood drives and collections for local food pantries. No doubt that rivalry will continue, regardless of divisional split.