It may have come two days earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving on Thursday, but that’s just because Buckeye Nation can’t contain their excitement. On Tuesday, the Ohio State Buckeyes released their trailer for The Game, one that features the No. 2 Buckeyes hosting the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines, also known as “The Team Up North” in Ohio. Fans of both the Bucks and Michigan didn’t need anything else to get excited for arguably the best matchup in the series since 2006 when the teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 (in the “Game of the Century”), but in case you did, this incredible video that was made by David Trichel, Samuel Silverman, and the rest of the video and graphic team is just for you.
“This is the real one. This is the greatest rivalry in all of sport. Not just college football, but all of sport,” echoes head coach Urban Meyer at the beginning of the video. “Go as hard as you can. The difference between winning and losing will be the strang. It’s a street fight right now. Everything you own, swing, swing, swing!”
Whether it’s old-timers like former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, or Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith, among others, there are plenty of highlights between the two teams, both recent and from a number of years ago. With it’s the hard-hitting, touchdown-making, bone-crunching plays shown in the highlights or the words that are spoken, the video will sure get you fired up. Former fullback/linebacker Zach Boren standing over Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner also made the video.
“In this war, fight like hell.” The words written in the video are short, but mean so much.
Not only are bragging rights on the line in arguably the best rivalry in college athletics, but there is a spot in the Playoff on the line as well. Whoever wins Saturday’s game will have a driver’s seat to make the Final Four.
Outside of a handful of the players in the highlight reels on the trailer, many of the players in the video aren’t involved in The Game this time around. But that doesn’t mean much, does it?
None of us want to wish away Thanksgiving, but is it Saturday yet?