Michigan vs. Ohio State: As No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan prepare to square off in a battle of unbeatens, we started wondering which school has the best team in the history of a rivalry that SportsNation voters ranked as the best in college football. ESPN.com senior college football writer Ivan Maisel narrowed the field to four teams from each school, but the rest is up to you. All this week, leading up to Saturday's game, your votes will determine which team is the best from each school, and ultimately, which team is the best in the history of the rivalry.
No. 4 Seed: 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes
The schedule wasn't quite as challenging as that which confronted the 1968 national champions, but a group that consisted of many of the same players showed plenty of maturity, focus and skill in blitzing through a perfect regular season. Although the Buckeyes were upset by Stanford in the Rose Bowl, they still captured a share of the national championship at 9-1 (the Buckeyes finished No. 1 in the National Football Foundation rankings, No. 2 in the UPI rankings and No. 5 in the AP rankings).
Captained by Rex Kern, Jim Stillwagon and Jan White, who all played significant roles on the 1968 team, the 1970 edition outscored opponents by a 290-120 margin, winning by double digits in all but one of their victories. The roster included an almost ridiculous six All-Americans: White, Stillwagon, John Brockington, Jack Tatum, Mike Sensibaugh and Tim Anderson. The latter three all played in the secondary, giving the Buckeyes one of the most fearsome defensive backfields in the game's history.
Brockington keyed Hayes' trademark run-heavy offense, rushing for 1,142 yards and 17 touchdowns, while Kern added another 597 yards on the ground.
The season brought to an end the careers of a tremendous senior class that lost just two games in three years, beating Michigan twice and claiming at least a share of two national titles.