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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines: The Big Ten’s most hated rivals

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines: The Big Ten's most hated rivals

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Cleveland and Columbus will battle a pair of huge rivals when the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines face off in the championship game on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

The two No. 1-ranked teams are two of college football’s most hated rivals.

Ohio State and Michigan have met only once before.

The two teams are tied for the fewest wins in the Big Ten (Ohio State holds a 5-1 lead). They’re tied for the fewest wins against FBS opponents (9-4). They’ve shared the most losses of any pair in the Big Ten (11).

They met in the 2013 Capital One Bowl, which Ohio State won 45-17. The Wolverines beat Ohio State 29-21 in Ann Arbor.

There’s a reason why the Buckeyes are considered among the most hated teams in the country.

They’re the worst team in the Big Ten and one of two teams in the conference (the other is Wisconsin) to start 0-8.

“I am not sure if there is a more scrutinized group in college football than Ohio State, and I am not sure there’s a more scrutinized fan base,” former Buckeye basketball coach John Barnes said.

The Buckeyes’ schedule starts with a game against No. 24 TCU on Saturday. The Horned Frogs will be favored by 14.5 points to the Buckeyes’ 8.5.

Ohio State’s loss to Michigan was also expected to be more humiliating than it was. The Wolverines lost to Penn State in 2013. The Big Ten Network televised the game and is one of the last programs left in America to air a football game on their networks as their signal affiliates begin to drop football in September.

“You’re gonna have a game on Saturday, and you’re probably going to be embarrassed at the point you make a decision,” Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges said.

“I don’t think a lot of people have picked Ohio State to beat the University of Michigan, and I don’t think a lot of people have picked Michigan to beat Ohio State. So you’re going to have to really

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