In re: Does the Michigan Ohio State rivalry go both ways?

Many times things are perceived differently.  I remember in high school when an upcoming opponent showed up to sing, yes sing, about how they were going to beat us.  We were of course amused, considering none of us cared about the opponent(and probably the game).  I’ve been reading about the Michigan reaction to these games, Beat Michigan Week, and the fact that Columbus fans are definitely crazier, larger in number and more ‘in to’ the rivalry. 

Its not that Michigan fans don’t care, as they clearly do and they bother to fill the big house, their enormous stadium on game day.  Its just that they don’t seem to think its so worth it, or do they?  One article in the Detroit Free Press seemed to say that students would rather protest then get pumped for the game, but this met with angry comments and cries that the author should move to Columbus.  This morning in Columbus apparently a bunch of Wolverine fans camped out downtown by city hall with signs proclaiming Michigan superiority.

  • Its clear their are some differences though that would lead Columbus to be more football crazy, and one of these is sheer numbers, Columbus is a large city that historically did not have any professional sports teams of note.  Further Ohio in general only has Ohio State as an elite level I-A football team.  Michigan of course is split in that there is also Michigan State, who while not usually at the level of UofM, holds their own and has a massive following.  
  • Dispatch article “Fans in Ann Arbor see game differently
  • Free Press “A Tale of Two Cities: Activists show Columbus spirit; Ann Arbor event is more political”
  • Wolverines ready for hostility” that mentions how those wearing scarlet were treated in Ann Arbor.
  • Format change for an Ann Arbor station, ditching their format to play the Michigan fight song ‘The Victors’ non-stop – wow, sounds like a winner.

    Oh and Go Bucks!!!

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One Response

  1. I think it is an accurate assessment to state that the OSU Michigan rivalry is more important to Ohio than it is to Michigan. My personal feeling it that this is largely a product of how the coaches from each team approach the rivalry. Tressel clearly puts this game on a completely different level than any other game, while Carr acknowledges that this is Michigan’s biggest rivalry, but doesn’t treat it as the end-all of college football. I think if Michigan got a coach who played into the rivalry and animosity more, then the state and fans would follow suit – I, for one, wish he would.

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