Friday, November 17, 2006

Game of the Century Prediction

"The Game" is considered by many to be the biggest rivalry game in all of college football, or even in college sports in general. It is one of the most anticipated match ups every season, but this year it has reached a whole new level. Both teams enter Saturday's contest undefeated and looking for a berth in the BCS Championship game. Ohio State is the favorite playing at home in the Horseshoe. Michigan is the talented underdog with an amazing defense.

Legendary ex-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler passed away this week giving Michigan something else to play for. Some would say it will give Michigan added motivation and they will come out that much hungrier for a win. It reminds me of 2000, when an inspired Penn State team playing for paralyzed teammate Adam Telifaro ruined Purdue's bid for an outright Big Ten title. If Michigan needs help getting motivated for this game they are in serious trouble. This game is huge and both teams know it.

Chad Henne, Mike Hart, and Mario Manningham are some of the most talented players in the Big Ten and the nation. Troy Smith, Antonio Pittman, and Anthony Gonzalez have the intangibles and play on another level. It's those same intangibles that led the Buckeyes to that comeback victory last season in the Big House. Ohio State is 7 points better than Michigan, throw in 3 points for home field and Ohio State wins by 10.