Get to your seat early and hang on. The center of the sporting universe will in Ann Arbor and in particular at the corner of Main and Stadium. Kickoff of the 100th meeting of the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be at high noon.
The winner will be holder of the 2003 Big Ten championship outright. Remember, Ohio State shared the Big Ten title last year with Iowa.
For Michigan, a victory will also mean a likely trip to the Rose Bowl to face USC or an at-large BCS team. If some things happen to fall their way in the coming weeks, the M could even weasel into the BCS championship. With a loss, Michigan’s season will certainly hold great memories, but will be remembered as another season of unfulfilled promise. It would mean another door-prize Florida bowl game against another SEC opponent, and potentially a dreaded four loss season. On top of that, a loss would be the third consecutive to Jim Tressel, who would would remain undefeated against the Wolverines and begin to have people talking about Lloyd Carr as they did John Cooper. A loss would be devastating, especially with this game at home.
For the Buckeyes, a victory would no doubt keep them at the #2 position in the BCS standings and in line for a chance to defend their title in the Sugar Bowl. A loss? They could still end up in a BCS bowl or head to Florida.
Rumored attendees of the battle include Timmy Adams, Greek, Ks, Mr. Kuehne, Lew, Me, Brent Grow, Schlimmy.