It’s official, folks.
ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Columbus next Saturday for The Game between Ohio State and Michigan.
It’s fair to say that many people were expecting this as The Game will be the most high-profile game of the week this coming Saturday as the winner of this more-than-likely Top-10 matchup will be headed to the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis with a chance to still go to the College Football Playoff.
This is the first time in the short history of the Big Ten Championship game that The Game will be the de-facto Big Ten East title game, propelling the winner to Indianapolis the following week.
Ohio State is 2-0 this season when GameDay visits where the Buckeyes are playing as they beat both TCU and Penn State on the road when the ESPN show broadcasted ahead of those game. Michigan is split at 1-1 this season with the GameDay crew in town as they lost their season opener at Notre Dame but won their home game against Wisconsin when the show came to Ann Arbor.
This will be the 43rd time in the show’s history that they will be broadcasting from the site of an Ohio State game and the Buckeyes are 29-13 in those previous 42 broadcasts, the best record of any team that the show has been to more than ten times.
Despite that record, Ohio State will most likely be underdogs to Michigan for the first time in a long time as Michigan will come into The Game ranked higher than Ohio State for the first time since 2011 when the Buckeyes limped into The Game with a 6-5 record under the leadership of interim head coach Luke Fickell.
Even though Ohio State has struggled heavily this season, the Buckeyes are still 10-1 heading into their end of the season showdown with Michigan, who is also 10-1 with a spot in the Big Ten title game on the line.
Ohio State and Michigan will kick off next Saturday, November 24th at noon ET at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX.
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