MBB B1G Tourney Preview: Michigan

Written March 14th, 2014 by Ken


The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) beat #4 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers, and now face the #1 seed Michigan Wolverines (24-7, 16-3).  This is the second game of the day and is scheduled to start 25 minutes after conclusion of the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:40 EST with television coverage provided by CBS, check local listings.

The Buckeyes and the Wolverines played once during the regular season, with Michigan winning 70-60, in Columbus. You can go here for that preview and here for the game recap.


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It’s All Academic: OSU and Michigan Team Up?

Written March 7th, 2014 by Charles

Seal_of_the_Ohio_State_UniversityThere is no more heated rivalry in the country than that between Ohio State and Michigan and no matter what the sport is, to say that the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and their fans, do not like each other would be an understatement.  While the hatred for the other school extends far beyond the playing surface for many fans, for the universities the rivalry is put aside when it comes to academics and research. 

All members of the Big Ten conference, plus the University of Chicago, are members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – a consortium designed to improve the academic and research missions of it’s member schools through sharing of expertise and resources and fostering collaborations. 

As members of the CIC, Ohio State and Michigan have worked together on numerous projects over the years, along with other members of the Big Ten.  Now the two universities are teaming up again to found a new public-private consortium that will generate thousands of jobs and revolutionize manufacturing.

Ohio State and the University of Michigan, along with EWI (a Columbus-based nonprofit with expertise in manufacturing technology), are co-founders of the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII); I can’t wait to see that on business cards.  ALMMII is the newest node in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The NNMI was proposed by President Obama as a series of regional centers tasked with accelerating the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and to use these technologies for making new products which can compete globally.

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Pregame Glance WBB: Michigan Wolverines

Written January 4th, 2014 by Ken

UM The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-6, 1-0) are currently on a four-game winning streak after, a 2nd half surge moved them past #17 Purdue, 89-78 on Thursday. The Buckeyes return home for a Sunday evening game against the University of Michigan. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 PM EST this Sunday in Columbus.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Michigan
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Founded: 1817
  • Student Population: 27,979
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Crisler Center
  • Seating: 12,707
  • Built: 1967, last renovated 2012
  • Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico
  • Year: 2th

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tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 2

Written August 29th, 2013 by Ken

This young man can kick field goals…

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 2, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Michigan on November 23rd, 1974, 12-10.

 The 1974 match-up pitted No. 3 Michigan at 10-0 vs. No. 4 Ohio State at 9-1. Buckeye kicker Tom Klaban made four field goals in the win.

The Wolverines lost an undefeated season and the Big Ten title in this one, thanks mainly to the kicking of Tom Klaban, who accounted for all of the Buckeyes’ points with his four field-goals.

A last-second (:18 sec left) field-goal miss by the Wolverines’ Jim Lantry provided a fitting climax for an installment of the rivalry dominated by kicking.

Believe it or not, there’s game-day footage available… although, you’ll be surprised to discover, it’s not in high definition. Where was Gameday back then?

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tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 5

Written August 26th, 2013 by Ken

Tough day for quarterbacks. Especially this one..

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 5, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Michigan on November 24th, 2012, 26-21.

The Game is always a meaningful game, but especially so in 2012. Due to some unfortunate circumstance the prior year, the new coaching regime would not be eligible to participate in post-season games.

Although Michigan scored twice on big plays (Roundtree 71 yard reception, Robinson 63 yard run) their four turnovers either contributed to short-field Ohio State points or killed UM drives. Trailing 20-21 at the half, the Buckeyes played much. much better in the second half and shut out the Wolverines.Michigan’s 2nd half drives consisted of loss of downs, two punts and three turnovers. Not a whole lot of production right there.

Meanwhile, Ohio State did manage two 2nd half field goals; not much scoring, but just enough for another win. However, both Carlos Hyde (146 yards) and Braxton Miller (108 yards) had good rushing days, and Miller was a very efficient 14-18-189 yds passing.

It was a perfect way to end a perfect regular season. Here, see for yourself. You’ll notice that both team’s quarterbacks took a beating that day: Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 33

Written July 29th, 2013 by Ken

art schlister 1979

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 33, an Ohio State victory over Michigan  November 19th, 1979, 18-15. The 10-0 Buckeyes went to The Big House to lay the lumber on 8-2 Michigan.

The game was scoreless until less than four minutes remained in 1st half when UM sandwiched a TD between two OSU FG’s to take a 7-6 lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter, the teams traded TD’s, with UM getting their 2-point conversion, OSU whiffing on theirs, bringing the score to 15-12, Bad Guys.. With eleven minutes to play, OSU’s Jim Laughlin blocked a Michigan punt which was recovered and returned for a TD by Todd Bell. OSU led 18-15, and that was the game.

Video courtesy of Our Honor Defend.


tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 64

Written June 30th, 2013 by Ken

Ed: Whoops- missed this yesterday.

OSU vs Michigan, 1968

OSU’s offense had UM’s defense chasing all day long…

Today’s episode of tBBC’s Kickoff Countdown will be a fun one. It celebrates the November 23, 1968 dismantling of TTUN, 50-14. In addition to clinching the Big 10 title, a win over UM, this game is iconic because it is the “Because I couldn’t go for three” explanation by Woody.


..meanwhile OSU’s defense had no such issues.

The 8-0 Buckeyes met the 8-1 Michigan Wolverines on November 23, 1968, in front of what was, at the time, the largest crowd in Ohio Stadium (85,371). Ohio State was ranked #1; Michigan was ranked # 4. Michigan opened the scoring to lead 7-0 in the first quarter. Ohio State followed with its own touchdown. Both teams scored at the end of the half, and Ohio State led at the half, 21-14.

When the teams returned to the field for the 2nd half, inexplicably, Michigan left their offense in the locker room; they did not score after halftime. Meanwhile, Jim Otis put on a display, scoring four of the Buckeye touchdowns, while Rex Kern led the offense to 421 yards rushing. The final score was Ohio State 50, Michigan 14. After Jim Otis crossed the goal line for the final score, Woody directed his team to go for a two-point conversion. When asked why he did it, Woody said; “Because the rules won’t let you go for three.” Obviously, not a whole lot of affection for UM on Woody’s part..

Today’s audio/visual entertainment is pulled from the archives of (former) website Our Honor Defend. Vico put together a wonderful documentation of the game. Enjoy.

Tate Forcier has left the building

Written January 20th, 2011 by Eric

Someone was feeling fabulous that day

It’s now official. In a press statement released today, Tate Forcier has chosen to transfer from the University of Michigan.

I am proud to have been part of Michigan Football history and will always cherish the memory. The last few weeks I worked extremely hard to catch back up. I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me.

The entire press release is riddled with wonderful quotes worthy of spending hours analyzing.  But to take a shot at Michigan for “giving up on him”, whether true or not, seems like the sort of classless gesture we’ve come to expect from the former Heisman Trophy pretender.

I have to admit, it’s really tough to see him go. We’ve enjoyed watching him muddle through all of his trials and tribulations. How many players could give us wonderfully humorous memories like these? Read More

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