As we sit ready to watch the Iron Bowl its just making think that Big Ten has hurt our rivalry with ohio state. I know that in today's game Auburn already has the SEC championship game locked up, but it just seems like we should be playing ohio state to see who will go to the Big Ten championship.
I know it would be amazing, but say we have a season like 2006 and both teams are 11-0 (7-0) and we lose to ohio state, then the very next week we beat them on a neutral field. Now both teams are basically out of a national championship with losses that late in the season.
It also puts both teams at a tremendous disadvantage having to play the top team in the cross division rival.
Its Michigan and Ohio State. It should be once a year. Including this season I believe that 35 of the past 42 seasons has had the Big Ten championship decided by this game. In a 6 team division including both Michigan and Ohio state and playing the last game of the season would be incredible. Just like Alabama v. Auburn. Only one team makes SEC championship game. If it was between UofM and osu no other teams would even get to play!
I know that it would be amazing to beat them twice in the same season, but more than likely if that possiblity occurs the teams would be pretty evenly matched and a split would occur. Or could you imagine both teams already have their divisions clinched and the national championship was out of the picture? "The Game" would turn into a practice for the following week to determine who played in the Rose Bowl. Just that thought that playing a game against ohio state could mean nothing worries me greatly!
I don't like moving the date of the game, but I think that if both teams remain in opposite divisions, I think they might have to, just to make sure the game continues to have meaning. It hasn't worked with Miami and Florida State. I guess only time will tell, but I think if we were to follow anyones lead it should be Auburn/Alabama (IMO the next best thing to Michigan and Ohio state) This is what its all about!