Again, the annual Big 10 championship is upon us, and once again it's the same two teams, Ohio State and Michigan, carrying 9-1 records into the conference finale. The winner will advance to the Rose Bowl and the loser, apparently, to the Sugar Bowl.
Although the Buckeyes have the better record in the conference - no losses and an average victory of 31.4 points, compared with Michigan's one loss (to Minnesota) and an average victory of 21.9 points in an emotional situation like this, what has happened in the past is no factor.
The Wolverines are extremely quick on defense, with their linebackers the catalysts. Ron SImpkins and Jerry Meter man the inside positions and will make it difficult for Jeff Logan and Ron Springs to gain yardage between tackles.
Michigan is throwing the ball more this year, relying on the arm of Rick Leach.
Woody Hayes' preference for the run is legendary, so you can imagine how ecstatic the Buckeyes are to have both Logan and Springs healthy together for the first time this year. On the other hand, Bo Schembechler's backfield is not healthy. Harlan Huckleby missed the Purdue game with a hamstring, and his backup, Roosevelt Smith, is hurting.
Michigan by 1.
Other college games:
Maryland 24 over Virginia, Notre Dame 36 over Air Force, Clemson 5 over South Carolina, North Carolina 7 ov Duke, Indiana 1 over Purdue, Kentucky 18 over Tennessee, Virginia Tech 7 over Wake Forest, Syracuse 8 over West Virginia, Illinois 8 over Northwestern, Arkansas 23 over Southern Methodist, Florida 31 over Utah.
Minnesota 10 over Wisconsin, Cincinnati 1 over Vanderbilt, Michigan State 6 over Iowa, Mississippi 3 over Mississippi State, Missouri 7 over Kansas, Arizona State over Colorado State, Texas 20 over Baylor, Texas A&M 24 over Texas Christian.
Colorado 17 over Kansas State, California 3 over Standord, Oregon State 3 over Oregon, Washington 7 over Washington State, Louisiana State 13 over Tulane, Texas Tech 8 over Houston.
NFL matchups this weekend:
Cleveland 6 over N.Y. Giants, Mimai 1 over Cincinnati, New England 10 over Buffalo, Detroit 17 over Kansas City, Chicago 1 over Minnesota, Baltimore 14 over N.Y. Jets, St. Louis 11 over Philadelphia, Dallas 4 over Pittsburgh, Houston 8 over Seattle, Los Angeles 6 over San Francisco, Oakland 11 over San Diego, Washington 12 over Green Bay (Monday night).