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November 18, 2006
Facts and stats: Michigan - Ohio State
The 103rd meeting between Michigan and Ohio State may be the most significant game that the two have ever played. For the first time in the history of the rivalry, fans will get to see a No. 1 versus No 2 match up, with both squads entering the contest with perfect 11-0 records. The winner goes to Glendale, Ariz. to play in the BCS Title Game, with the loser likely to play in the Rose Bowl.
Series History: One of, if not the greatest rivalry in all sports, the first meeting between Michigan and Ohio State took place on October 16, 1897 with the Wolverines coming away with a 34-0 victory. Having played each other every year since 1918, the tradition of meeting in the last game of the season began in 1935 and has continued to this day. The two programs are steeped in tradition, and there have been too many great battles to begin listing them.
The 100th meeting between the two programs came in 2003, and played host to the largest crowd in college football history with 112,118 in attendance. The Wolverines came away 35-21 victory in the contest. Michigan has an all-time record of 57-39-6 against the Buckeyes; however, the match up has been very close over the last half century with the two teams sharing a 24-24-2 record in the last 50 meetings.
Last Meeting: No. 17 Michigan lost to No. 9 Ohio State in a close fought 25-21 battle a year ago. The Wolverines grabbed a nine-point edge in the contest with just less than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but could not hang on as the Buckeyes scored in their final two possessions. Antonio Pittman rushed for a three-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left on the game clock, securing the win for Ohio State.
Homecomings: There are 11 Michigan players that hail from the state of Ohio including Shawn Crable (Massillon), Prescott Burgess (Warren), Willis Barringer (Toledo), Brandon Harrison (Dayton), Cobrani Mixon (Cincinnati), Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg), Bryan Wright (Salem), Mark Bihl (Washington Court House), Justin Boren (Pickerington), Mike Massey (Brecksville), and Mario Manningham (Warren).
Did You Know?: The dedication game for Ohio Stadium in 1922 featured 19-0 Michigan victory, with the Wolverines handing the Buckeyes their first defeat of the season. The dedication game for Michigan Stadium in 1927 put the same two programs on display, with the Wolverines again coming away victorious, this time by a 21-0 margin.