Game, rivalry couldn't be scripted any better

Everything you've ever heard about the grand history of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is true, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: November 17, 2006, 2:12 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

In the case of the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University, you can dispense with the stories, the plays and the great games that have been as much a part of the Rose Bowl as the New Year's Day parade. You can dispense with the 1 vs. 2 rankings, the unblemished records for only the third time in 103 meetings, even with the prize of a place in the BCS Championship Game that awaits the winner.

"I'll tell you how big this game is," former Ohio State coach John Cooper said Wednesday ...

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