August 26, 2013
I couldn’t agree more with Columbus (Ohio, USA) Dispatch sports writer Bob Hunter, who opined this past Sunday that having Ohio State and Michigan playing twice in one season is a great concept. I think the Big 10/14 made a huge mistake by placing the two schools, the conference’s biggest perennial national football powers, in the same division beginning next season, thus preventing them from playing each other in the conference championship game.
Since the Big 10/14 championship game is now far more important than one of the nation’s oldest and biggest rivalry games, a rivalry that many consider the biggest in all sports, I would think the conference would want these two teams playing for its championship on prime-time television. And, because you would not want the teams playing each other in back to back weeks, it makes sense to move The Game to the middle of the season. Logically, this makes far more sense, since common sports wisdom dictates that it is almost impossible to get a team “up” for a championship game just one week after your biggest game of the year.
Many sports fans will cry out that tradition commands The Game be the last game of the season, with a noon start. I say hogwash! College football long ago sold its soul to the television networks and the almighty dollar. I say The Game would be even bigger if played under the lights as the only game on prime-time national television. The stadium would be electric, after the lucky hundred thousand plus fans that had tickets spent the day tailgating, pumping themselves full of their favorite spirits.
This scenario would be magical!
Steven H. Spring
The Ohio State University, Class of ‘87