Jody Victor: The Ohio State Buckeyes made quick work of Northwestern, and now it's finally time to turn their attention to Michigan. And the stakes have never been higher, either, with the winner getting to play in the Bowl Championship title game on January 8 at Glendale, Arizona.
The 54 points were the most for Ohio State since a 72-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Sept.21, 1996, and the defense played a major role in that. If Ohio State was looking ahead, it was tough to tell. The Buckeyes did a good job staying in the moment even though several players admitted it wasn't easy.
The Michigan game was an annual nightmare for the Buckeyes in the recent past. Ohio State was 2-10-1 against the Wolverines and never had a perfect November in 13 seasons under former coach John Cooper. But they've had better luck since Jim Tressel took over, winning four of five against the Wolverines, who beat Indiana 34-3 Saturday.
“It's what you dream about as a little kid, playing in that game,” defensive tackle David Patterson said. “It's the biggest rivalry in college football,” running back Antonio Pittman said after the Buckeyes routed Northwestern on Saturday. “And it's been talked about for the last six weeks.”
And it will be talked about day and night before this Saturday's showdown in Columbus – No. 2 Michigan (11-0) vs. No. 1 Ohio State (11-0). Kick off at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
Go Bucks! Beat M*ch!g@n!!