Hogan asked in SportsFootball (American) · 3 weeks ago

Is Ohio State vs Michigan really that big of a rivalry nowadays?

Ohio State just kicks the crap out of them every year on an almost comical level. How can this still be considered a rivalry?

4 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    That may change, Michigan dominated 12-3-1 between 1985-2000

  • 3 weeks ago

    It's still hyped as if it were, but it hasn't really been one in recent years.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Outside of their respective fan bases, the rivalry is not nearly as meaningful as it was decades ago, and that is entirely the product of big-money TV contracts, the NCAA becoming a multi-billion dollar for-profit enterprise and conferences modeled after professional leagues.

    Regional rivalries and smaller programs are virtually meaningless on the national stage now because the TV tells you that only the playoffs matter (mainly because the playoffs earn the NCAA a billion dollars in TV revenue)... Right now, OSU cares more about getting to the playoffs than beating Michigan.  Although Harbaugh probably wouldn't admit it out loud, I'm sure he'd gladly trade a regular-season loss to OSU for a trip to the playoffs.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Actually, Michigan still leads the series, believe it or not. But OSU has had their number this far into the 21st century. It's still one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. 

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