Today will mark the 110th meeting of Ohio State and Michigan football teams otherwise known as “The Game.” As a lifelong University of Michigan fan I have to admit I am not looking forward to it. The utter collapse of the Wolverines offense has sucked all the joy out of the season. The fact that Ohio State’s new coach Urban Meyer has not lost a game and looks to notch its 24 straight win in Ann Arbor makes it all the more painful. But in this game anything can happen and every Michigan fan in the country is hoping against hope that somehow their team pulls an upset for the ages.
As a way to mark this occasion I figured I would provide an opportunity for those of you unfamiliar with the history and tradition of this storied rivalry to read and learn about it. Since I have reviewed a number of books on the subject here over the years, herewith a recap:
Three and Out:
Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football
by John Bacon
For most Michigan fans (myself included), that makes this book particularly painful. It is like watching a replay of your car accident in slow motion, on repeat. You know both the ultimate end result and the final score of every painful game and yet you force yourself to read the excruciating details as you relive the nightmare.
But if you are simply a fan of college football, or interested in big-time college athletics more generally, it is a fascinating read. Ohio State fans might find it entertaining and strangely cathartic.