The OSU-Michigan Aftermath
Today, we want to know what you think. Should Michigan and Ohio State play again in the national championship? If not, who should face Ohio State in Glendale? And does this whole mess finally mean that college football should wake up and institute a playoff system?
Make Your Michigan - Ohio St. Predictions
We think Troy Smith will have a so-so game -- two touchdowns an interception and a fumble. He won't do enough to lose the Heisman, but he'll open the door for Brady Quinn or someone else.
On the other hand, Chad Henne will survive a bad first half (two INTs) and lead the Wolverines to the win late in the game.
We also think there will be 25 arrests in Columbus throughout the day and two Michigan students will end up in trouble for talking too much trash to the wrong Ohio State fans.
Those are our predictions. Who do you think will come out on top ... and what other things are you expecting to see – on and off the field – this weekend in Columbus.
Michigan-OSU - Celebration Tips
--Try carpooling to the game; if possible, drive a car with non- Michigan license plates.
--Keep your Michigan gear to a minimum, or wait until you are inside the stadium to display it.
--Stay with a group.
--Stay low-key; don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
--If verbally harassed by opposing fans, don't take the bait.
--Avoid High Street in Columbus.
Clearly, the higher-ups at Michigan know that trouble is likely brewing in Columbus. But SIOC is nothing if not fair, so we have provided some nuggets of advice to Ohio State students.
--First and foremost, don't play with matches. After the Buckeyes beat Texas earlier in the season, there were about 40 fires reported in Columbus with couches and mattresses the main fuel.
--Party on High Street. If Michigan students listen to their student body president, there will be no Wolverine fans there and you can have the space to yourself.
--If you win, stay humble and watch your national championship talk. Nothing would be worse than calling yourself national champs after this victory, then losing the BCS title game in January.
That’s our advice to the students of both schools. What would yours be?
Design the Perfect Tailgate
There was the fatal (in 1908, Crimson coach Percy Haughton reportedly strangled a bulldog to death during a locker room speech), the exciting (in 1968, Harvard -- with future actor Tommy Lee Jones on the offensive line -- scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to tie undefeated Yale, 29-29), and the embarassing (in 2004, Yale executed the famous "We Suck" prank, preying on the slowing minds of Harvard alums).
Yale leads the series 64-50-8, but the Crimson has won the past five. The biggest news this year, however, will take place off the field -- specifically, just outside the stadium. On top of the draconian restrictions imposed by the Boston Police Department, Harvard has required all student groups that are looking to reserve space at The Game's tailgate to, yes, fill out an application. The applications were supposedly judged on criteria such as creativity, number of attendees expected, and "awesomeness."
Let us pretend such a measure was instituted at your school. Assuming you weren't too lazy/intoxicated enough already, what would your tailgate application look like? For the record, here's what SIOC's app would resemble:
Vehicle: A large van, with a wheelchair lift, spray-painted in the team's colors.
Creativity: We're giving away (cheap) bottles of champagne to people with the most offensive t-shirts and signs.
Degree of Awesomeness: We have a hibachi and people willing to burn themselves and others while doing their best Benihana routine.
Drink: Sparks. Lots and lots of Sparks.
Now it's your turn. Design the perfect tailgate.
Written by Pablo Torre, a senior at Harvard.
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