On Fridays, Ryan McGee will preview a key weekend matchup by digging deep into the rivalry and determining which team is set up for a brighter future going forward. From fan bases to coaching stability to recruiting success, he'll cover the rivalries from every angle.
In easily one of the closest rivalries we've examined this season, Michigan and Ohio State face off this weekend. The Wolverines are on the cusp of a potential BCS bowl bid (they'll have to beat OSU first, though), while the biggest news in Buckeye nation this week involved reports that Urban Meyer could soon land there as the next head coach (however, Meyer denied that there is a deal in place). So which team is better set up to be successful over the next few seasons? Let's take a look.
1. Recent performance
You have to love a game called "The Game" and a football rivalry that has its roots in an actual border dispute between two states -- the so-called Toledo War of 1835-36. This year will mark the 108th meeting between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, with Michigan leading by a 13-game margin.
There is so much history here that literally dozens of books have been written on the rivalry. However, in recent years it's been a short book. A run of Buckeyes dominance has coincided with one of that program's most successful decades, while Michigan has been stuck in a coaching carousel.
Ohio State has won six straight, nine of the last 10 and 10 of the last 13. Even if you remove last year's 37-7 thrashing that OSU vacated due to NCAA violations (to their credit, unlike some other schools), it's still overwhelming.
Advantage: Ohio State
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