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Ohio State-Michigan: College GameDay coming for massive showdown

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Ohio State will welcome ESPN's College GameDay to campus next week for the Michigan matchup. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State-Michigan: College GameDay coming for massive showdown

COLUMBUS — The maximum stakes are on the line in The Game, just like it should be when Ohio State and Michigan meet in the best rivalry in college football.

That’s more than enough to tip the scales and bring ESPN’s College GameDay back to town.

With both programs taking care of business on an interesting Saturday across the country, the latest chapter in the storied history between the hated foes will officially be for the Big Ten East Division crown. On top of that, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are fighting to stay in the College Football Playoff race. So, not only will the loser miss out on a trip to Indianapolis to play for the conference title, next week will serve as a playoff eliminator as well for the two top-10 teams.

Michigan fought off a gutty effort from Indiana and appears to potentially be dealing with a couple injuries to key players heading into the matchup. And Ohio State overcame a lot of self-inflicted wounds and shoddy defense to rally and hold off Maryland in overtime in a crazy road game to hold up its end of the deal.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has never lost to the Wolverines during his tenure, improving to 6-0 with a comeback victory that was engineered by Dwayne Haskins off the bench at quarterback. The redshirt sophomore has followed up that performance by rewriting the record books for the Buckeyes this season, and it’s possible that next week will be his last game at the Horseshoe with the possibility of jumping to the NFL looming at the end of the year.

That would put him in the same position as the senior class playing for the last time at Ohio Stadium. And all of those Buckeyes are looking to stay unbeaten in their careers against Michigan and claim another pair of gold pants.

Now Ohio State knows what else is at stake. And it knows Columbus will be the center of the college football world with the College GameDay circus coming to town.

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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