- This is the 118th Ohio State/Michigan game and the longest running rivalry for each school.
- The Covid-19 pandemic caused this game to be cancelled in 2020, one of three such can-celled games for Ohio State that year. This week’s game is, thus, Michigan’s first game in Ohio Stadium since 2018.
- Michigan leads the all-time series in wins, 59-51-6 including a 32-24-4 record in Ann Arbor. The series is tied in Columbus: 27-27-2.
- Ohio State has won eight consecutive games over Michigan at Ohio Stadium, dating to a 38-26 Wolverine win in 2000.
- Since 1951, Woody Hayes’ first season as Ohio State’s head coach, the Buckeyes lead the series 39-28-2.
Ohio State and Michigan are the two winningest programs in FBS history. UM, in its 143rd season of play, has 987 victories on the gridiron. Ohio State, in its 133rd season, is second with 953 victories.
The game represents the 12th meeting between the two pro-grams with both ranked in the Associated Press Top 5. This is the most AP Top 5 meetings for any rivalry. Ohio State leads these games in wins: 7-3-1.
The game will feature two Top 10 defenses: Michigan is No. 1 and No. 2 nationally allowing 241.3 yards and 11.7 points per game, respectively. Ohio State is No. 9 and No. 10 at 283.4 total yards and 16.9 points.
Ohio State and Michigan have played 43 games with the score decided by seven points or less. Ohio State leads, 20-17-6, with its last win in 2016 (30-27 2OT). Michigan’s last one-score win: 2011 (40-34).