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Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Tale of the Tape: Michigan-Ohio State

By Pat Forde

Tale of the Tape: Michigan-Ohio State
  Michigan Ohio State
Victories 860 (First all time) 785 (Fifth all time)
National Titles 11 7
Big Ten Titles 42 30
Joined Big Ten 1896 1913
Heisman Trophies 3 6
Heisman Pioneer Charles Woodson
Only defensive player to win (1997)
Archie Griffin
Only player to win twice (1974-75)
Best Five Years
(Ancient Times)
55-1-1 during 1901-05
(5-0 vs. OSU)
34-10-1 during 1941-45
(2-2-1 vs. UM)
Best Five Years
(Modern Times)
50-4-1 during 1970-74
(1-3-1 vs. OSU)
49-7-1 during 1972-76
(3-1-1 vs. UM)
Worst Five Years
(Ancient Times)
16-23-1 during 1934-38
(1-4 vs. OSU)
19-26-4 during 1894-98
(0-0 vs. UM)
Worst Five Years
(Modern Times)
19-25-1 during 1958-62
(1-4 vs. OSU)
33-22-3 during 1987-91
(1-4 vs. UM)
Series vs. Each Other 57-39-6 39-57-6
High Point vs. The Other 1950 Snow Bowl
9-3 UM win despite zero first downs
2002: OSU 14, UM 9
Interception in end zone
on last play preserved national title run
One-Name Icon Bo (11-9-1 vs. OSU) Woody (16-11-1 vs. UM)
Nemesis Jim Tressel
(4-1 vs. UM
during 2002-05)
Fielding H. Yost
(16-3-1 vs. OSU
during 1901-26)
Whipping Boy John Cooper
(2-10-1 during 1988-2000)
Bump Elliott
(3-7 during 1959-68)
"College GameDay" Alum Desmond Howard Kirk Herbstreit
Band Formation Block M Script Ohio
Pregame Tradition Players touching the
"Go Blue" banner
at midfield
Dotting of the "i" in
Script Ohio by a
sousaphone player
Famous Song "Hail to the Victors" "Carmen Ohio"
Iconic Helmet Design Winged helmet (1938) Buckeye leaves (1967)
Infamous Opponent Rocket Ismail Charlie Baumann
Infamous Homeboy Chris Webber Maurice Clarett
Fired Winner Gary Moeller
(for public drunkenness)
Woody Hayes
(for slugging Baumann)
Stadium Name Michigan Stadium Ohio Stadium
Stadium Nickname The Big House The Horseshoe
Stadium Built In 1927 1922
Original Capacity 72,000 66,210
Current Capacity 107,501 102,329
Ohioans On Roster 11 77
Michiganians On Roster 41 2
State Leads Nation In Automobile production Amish population
Home To America's First State Fair (1849) AA meeting (1935)
Separate Entity Upper Peninsula Cincinnati
U.S. Presidents 1 8

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