Big game James: LeBron attending Ohio State-Michigan game

Big game James: LeBron attending Ohio State-Michigan game
Big game James: LeBron attending Ohio State-Michigan game

26 November, 2016

James has provided Ohio State's players with cleats inspired by his signature Nike sneakers. Pick the corner of the room to watch it on TV.

It is a mental picture I will never forget.

Ohio State looked much quicker in person.

Only Michigan controls its own destiny this week. Facing UM coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr, Buckeyes coach John Cooper went 2-10-1 against The Team Up North even when he had rosters loaded with National Football League talent. Unleash Samuel, and he could be the difference maker for Ohio State. Tressel lost only once, the other defeat suffered by interim coach Luke Fickell in 2011.

It would be hard to make a college football matchup this season with four cornerbacks who have played better than Ohio State's Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore and Michigan's Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling. Ohio State topped its only real Big Ten challengers, Iowa and Penn State; Michigan followed suit by doing the same. The teams split 5-5 in that span from 1969-78 and only once, in the last game, was one of the two not ranked in the top five by The Associated Press.

MI coach Jim Harbaugh expects Wormley to be right there in the trenches, leading the troops against the old enemy. He is second on the team with five sacks this season.

Also, Meyer and Harbaugh are more modern coaches than Woody and Bo, who remained rooted in neanderthal football. Harbaugh is brash and quirky, Meyer measured and supremely confident. IN has recorded 15 sacks and 52 tackles for loss over the last five games.

Ohio State stays in Columbus to finish the Global Sports Invitational on Friday night against Marshall.

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Jim Harbaugh, Brady Hoke, Rich Rodriguez and Lloyd Carr have been lucky. In preliminary rankings for 2017, the Buckeyes are second, the Wolverines 10th as the recruiting contact period opens Sunday.

MI seems to have the edge at wide receiver, with Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, but both quarterbacks should expect small windows in which to throw and few deep shots available. The Gamecocks are having a forgettable season, but if they beat the Tigers you better believe there will be celebratory couch burnings in Columbia. The surge came from two Loop three-pointers and Elmore and senior guard Stevie Browning hitting from behind the arc as well. It ended with OSU going 12-0 in Urban Meyer's first season.

One of those moments comes at high noon Saturday when the Big Ten takes center stage.

There aren't a lot of people that are going into this game assuming Ohio State is going to win by a touchdown or more, so most would probably take MI and the 6.5-point cushion. In that time, he has been part of an offense that has boasted the top two yards-per-carry averages in school history: 6.8 in 2013 and 5.7 in the national championship season of 2014 - the latter figure matched so far by this year's team. Both teams came in undefeated.

To add to the intrigue, legendary MI coach Bo Schembechler died the day before the game. But it would have a residual effect on other Big Ten teams.

Most every recruit's top priority is to go to a school that gives him a chance to make it to the NFL. Such implications could become commonplace. The Buckeyes have held up their end of the bargain, facing the Wolverines as a top ten team nine times the last decade, while this year marks the first time MI will be in the top ten for The Game since 2006's historic showdown.

The best rivalries have always been at their most compelling when the teams are being led by powerhouse coaches, whether it was Tom Osborne at Nebraska facing Barry Switzer at Oklahoma or Florida's Steve Spurrier matching wits and throwing zingers at Bobby Bowden and Florida State.

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