Ohio State will travel to Michigan Saturday in search of their sixth consecutive victory over the Wolverines.T his year’s clash will be the 114th between the two rivals, with the Wolverines holding a 58-49-6 edge over the first 113. The Buckeyes’ 49 victories include a 37-7 triumph in 2010 that was later vacated following NCAA sanctions.
OSU has won 14 of the last 16 (including vacated win in 2010), and 15 of the last 19, but only 21 of the last 41. The “home team” has won 58 and the “visitor” 49. The other six ended in ties. The “home team” has won 10 of the last 15, and 13 of the last 20.
The date of Saturday’s game is November 25. The well-known “Snow Bowl” was played on this date in 1950. There were 45 punts in that game, and the Wolverines won 9-3 without registering a single first down. Woody Hayes coached his last game in Ohio Stadium on November 25, 1978. Coach Bo Schembechler’s squad defeated OSU 14-3 that afternoon. It was the last game of the “Ten Year War” with Bo holding a slight edge at 5-4-1.
The two have met every season since 1918. The last 103 contests are exactly even at 49-49-5 (1909 through 1912 and 1918 through 2016). Michigan has outscored Ohio State by just 30 points over these 103 games, 1,664 to 1,634.
Michigan was 13-0-2 against Ohio State in the first 15 games, outscoring the Buckeyes 369-21. Led by legendary halfback Chic Harley, OSU finally obtained its first win in the series’ 16th meeting in 1919, 13-3.
With last year’s 30-27 double overtime triumph, Urban Meyer became the first Ohio State coach to lead the Buckeyes to victories over the Wolverines during each of his first five seasons at the helm (2012 through 2016). Coach Frances Schmidt’s first four Ohio State teams shut out the Wolverines by a combined score of 114-0 from 1934 through 1937, before Michigan broke the streak with an 18-0 triumph in 1938.
Ohio State’s largest margin of victory in the series is 38-0 in 1935. Michigan’s largest is 86-0 in 1902, when touchdowns counted only five points (increased to six points in 1912). The 1902 game produced the highest combined score in the series with 86 points, even though one team did not score.
The last time the winner was behind at halftime was 2016. The Wolverines led 10-7 at the half, before Ohio State won 30-27 in double overtime.
The Buckeyes’ 42-41 victory in 2013 was just the second in the series to be decided by a single point. Michigan defeated Ohio State 17-16 in 1926 to hand OSU its only setback of the season.
Only once during the 113 seasons they have played have both schools finished with losing records. Ohio State was 3-5-1 in 1959 and Michigan finished at 4-5. The Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes that season, 23-14.
The Big Ten was essentially the “Big Two and Little Eight” from 1968 through 1980. Ohio State and Michigan were each 6-6-1 against each other with each team scoring exactly 176 points over those 13 games. Additionally, the two were each 83-5 those 13 years against the “Little Eight.”
Only three times since 1935, when this annual encounter was moved to the last game of the regular season, have both teams entered the contest undefeated and untied --- 1970 (OSU 8-0, UM 9-0) OSU won 20-9; 1973 (OSU 9-0, UM 10-0) 10-10 tie; and 2006 (both 11-0) OSU won 42-39.
The Wolverines have shut out the Buckeyes 27 times in the first 113 games, the most recent in 1993 (28-0). Ohio State has shut out Michigan 10 times, the most recent in 1962 (28-0).
Ohio State coach Woody Hayes was 16-11-1 against the Wolverines, Earle Bruce 5-4, John Cooper 2-10-1, Jim Tressel 9-1, Luke Fickell 0-1, and Urban Meyer is currently 5-0. Michigan coach Bo Schembechler was 11-9-1 against the Buckeyes, Gary Moeller 3-1-1, Lloyd Carr 6-7, Rich Rodriguez 0-3, Brady Hoke 1-3, and Jim Harbaugh is currently 0-2.
Enjoy the game!