HBO2 To Re-Air "Michigan-Ohio State: The Rivalry" On Friday

By JakeElman
Nov. 23, 2016

If you need an excuse to get away from your in-laws, parents, or any temptation of drinking more booze, then Saturday's slate of college football games will serve you well.

In the regular season's final weekend, one which will be make-or-break for many teams who are still on the cusp of either being bowl-eligible or in line to win their conference or division, there isn't a single game that stands out more than #2 Ohio State and #3 Michigan. Set to kickoff from The Horseshoe at noon on Saturday, the battle between Ohio State’s high-powered offense - which is now scoring 43.8 points per game - and Michigan’s shutdown, 10.9 points per game defense could potentially result in one of these teams being knocked out of contention for the College Football Playoff. 

"They're a great team but I don't think there's things they do over the top that's going to be things we can't handle," Michigan sophomore linebacker Jabrill Peppers said about the Buckeyes earlier this week. "They always have great athletes, if I had to pick one thing, matching up. But we have great athletes also."

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who hopes to win his second national title in three years in the coming weeks, wasn't as kind about his opponent

“You go so fricking hard against one another and there’s a mutual respect. I didn’t say ‘like.’ But respect.”

[Image by Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports]
Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Meyer and Peppers aren't the only ones anxiously awaiting Saturday's matchup. In a press release issued to media on Wednesday, HBO announced that they would be re-airing one of their most popular sports documentaries before the Wolverines and Buckeyes battle:

 "Nine years ago HBO Sports presented its first college football documentary, chronicling the rivalry of the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.

Now the HBO2 service will re-air the classic documentary film the night before the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Michigan Wolverines at Columbus with so much on the line again when, MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE: THE RIVALRY replays FRIDAY, NOV. 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Each year, the football programs at Ohio State and Michigan gear up with a common goal: to beat their archrival in late November, no matter the rankings, no matter the score. Widely considered college football’s biggest rivalry, these two Big Ten powerhouses frequently dominate the standings, and attract game-day crowds that exceed 100,000 rabid followers.

MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE: THE RIVALRY spotlights exuberant and charismatic coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, who battled from opposite sides of the field over a decade that came to be known as “The Ten Year War.” Schembechler shared his thoughts with HBO in an interview – the coach’s last long-form interview before his death – conducted in Michigan Stadium on Nov. 16, 2006, two days prior to the most anticipated meeting in the rivalry’s history. Other interview subjects include Earle Bruce, Cris Carter, Dan Dierdorf, Randy Gradishar, Desmond Howard, Archie Griffin, Jim Mandich, Jack Nicklaus and Mike Wallace."

If your head isn't still pounding from Thursday afternoon, make sure to give this a watch. Can you really pass up hearing Cris Carter and Desmond Howard relieve their memories?

Select quotes from the documentary include:

Former Wolverine Dan Dierdorf: “[Bo] was the Tasmanian devil that came into town in a whirlwind of dust and we were left in his wake. He worked us to death.”

Tom Skladany on Hayes’ effect on his players: “When you’re out on the practice field and you see that kind of emotion and intensity, everyone’s game elevates.”

Author John Bacon: “If I had to pick one evil force in my life growing up as a grade school student here in Ann Arbor, it should be Brezhnev or somebody. It was Woody Hayes.” 

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