TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — As far as rivalries go, it was the pinnacle.
They called it the “10-year war” between Michigan and Ohio State, and in terms of the national landscape of college football, no matchup was better. Only once from 1969-78 was one of the teams not ranked. The games were always close, one even ending in a tie, and it even became personal.
What elevated it was Michigan, sick of losing to Woody Hayes, hiring his former assistant Bo Schembechler. The war was on, and its legacy has more than endured the test of time.
Alabama and Auburn have topped it, and those who can’t understand why need to make a pilgrimage to find out.
This is a rivalry that’s so intense that the teams stopped playing for 41 years, and it’s always personal.
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