After Michigan dominated Penn State in the trenches on Saturday night and the first BCS rankings came out on Sunday, everything is all set--only a major upset will prevent the Buckeyes and Wolverines from teeing it up for a winner-take-all battle to settle the Big Ten title and a trip to the national championship game.
The phrase "biggest ever" is casually thrown about so often before big games that it's come to lose its meaning. I'm not sure if this matchup would be the biggest Ohio State-Michigan game ever. But it would certainly be the biggest since I started watching college football, starting in roughly 1977 at the age of seven. Perhaps a claim could be made for some of the games Bo and Woody squared off in the early 1970s. But even in the case when those teams competed for national championships, the game's top prize did not have nearly the prestige that it does now (not until 1974 did the coaches' poll wait until after the bowl games for its final vote). So all things considered, calling this the biggest OSU-Michigan game ever is pretty reasonable.
With the minor caveat that both teams have to win their remaining games to set it up. The Wolverines are running on all cylinders, writes Mark Snyder of The Detroit Free Press. And Ohio State finally got Ted Ginn untracked on special teams. Maria Ridenour of The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Ginn's speed startled the Spartans.