ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Last year, when Ohio State defeated Michigan in the season finale (which truly was the season finale because of the ban), it capped off an unforgettable first season for coach Urban Meyer.
The victory got Ohio State back into the win column after losing to the Wolverines in 2011, it put the icing on an undefeated season - only the sixth Ohio State team to do so in the program's storied history - and more importantly, it gave Meyer his first win against "The Team Up North."
Buckeye fans hope it was the first of many victories for Meyer. Michigan fans are hoping Meyer doesn't create another run like the one Jim Tressel posted during his tenure.
At noon today, streaks will either be continued - or ended.
The second installment of the Ohio State-Michigan game in the Meyer and Brady Hoke eras are set for today at Michigan Stadium. On paper, it looks as if Meyer will get that second victory. His team is undefeated and hasn't put up less than 31 points this season. Michigan comes into the contest with a 7-4 mark overall and just 3-4 in the Big Ten.
But it's The Game. It's at The Big House. And though it's a cliche - throw the records out when it comes to these two teams.
Though the Wolverines have struggled mightily this year (case in point an almost-loss to Akron back in September), they do have weapons who can hurt the Buckeyes.
The OSU secondary has had its troubles, and Michigan has Jeremy Gallon, a receiver who averages 100 yards per game and has found the end zone eight times this season. Then there is tight end Devin Funchess, who averages 60 yards per game and has five touchdowns.
There also is that thing called home-field advantage. How much would Michigan fans love to say that their team was the one that ended the 23-game Buckeye winning streak on their home field? Not only would it end the longest winning streak in the country, it would also eliminate any chance the Buckeyes have for the National Championship Game - which is already a very slim chance. A loss today for the Buckeyes wouldn't affect their spot in the Big Ten title game, but it would take them into that game against a tough Michigan State team on a sour note and a loss of momentum.
If that were to happen - and on paper it's a big if - it would probably be the biggest win for the Wolverines in a long time - even bigger than two years ago when Michigan ended the