THE GAME: Michigan vs Ohio State
It's a funny thing: for most of my life, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has been pretty one-sided.
From 1985 to 2000, UM dominated the rivalry, going 12-3 against OSU, with one tie.
From 2001 to 2015, OSU dominated it even more, going 13-2.
But I still freaking love watching the rivalry.
NOTES ON THE FOOD:
- I'd love to pretend like I brined a chicken breast for 24 hours and then hand-battered it. But I didn't. It was a frozen breast that I defrosted and then deep fried. Whatever.
- Also, the biscuits are from Trader Joe's. I really like their biscuits.
- I added a deluge of Frank's "Stingin' Honey Garlic Hot Sauce." It's not really all that hot, but it's a good flavor and goes very well with fried chicken.
- And some pickles for a vinegary tang.
NOTES ON THE GAME:
- Does Jim Harbaugh ever look like he's having fun?
- And does he ever not complain? It's hard to coach your players to keep their composure when you can't lead by example.
- Remember the other day when I wrote that it's been 25 years since I first discovered BBQ chicken pizza and how old that makes me feel? It's also been 25 years since Desmond Howard's famous punt-return-and-Heisman-pose, which makes me feel even older.
- Michigan gave up a horrible pick-six on their own goal line, and then fumbled it on OSU's 1 yard line. It's pretty hard to win on the road against a higher-ranked team when you give up two plays like that.
- Of course, OSU did Michigan a huge favor by attempting a fake punt from inside their own 20. That was one of the ballsiest calls I've ever seen. And it failed.
- The score and the fact that it went to OT made it seem like a great game, but it was far from it. Turnovers, missed field goals, idiotic penalties... it seemed like both teams were trying their best to give the game away.
- Not surprisingly, the home team got away with a questionable spot and an unquestionable PI in OT, and they won the game.