Game Of The Century – Ohio State vs. Michigan 2006
The game of the century featured #1 Ohio State taking on rival #2 Michigan, with the Big 10 Title and a birth in the national championship game back in 2006. Both teams entered the game unbeaten, and never before had they played with so much on the line. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith and head coach Jim Tressel rolled through the regular season, demolishing opponents with ease.
The 2006 Michigan Wolverines caught the eye of the nation after embarrassing #2 Notre Dame at home 47-21 in front of over 80,000 Irish fans in South Bend. Led by head coach Lloyd Carr, Michigan was not an early BCS title contender, but climbed up the rankings throughout October. The build up to Thanksgiving weekend against the Buckeyes applied unbelievable pressure.
Many forget that former Wolverines head coach Bo Schembechler, who remained very close to the program, passed away the day before the game. Entering the game, Michigan was flat early, and the Buckeyes jumped out to an early two touchdown lead. Michigan battled back, and cut the lead to within four. The two teams went back and forth with scores, but the Buckeyes ultimately prevailed 42-39 in a classic.
Troy Smith was the player of the game that day, throwing for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns on his way to a Heisman Trophy. Ohio State would go on to lose to Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators in the 2006 BCS Championship game, while Michigan lost in the Rose Bowl to USC.
We don’t know if today’s latest edition of the game of the century will live up to the hype. ESPN is producing a five hour College GameDay to lead into the Noon kickoff. What we do know is that for one afternoon in Columbus ten years ago, college football ran the world.