READER BEWARE: This #HotTake is for me alone and does not necessarily represent the views of Elf Warriors.
The biggest rivalry of college football deserves the greatest stage.
Historically, the state of Ohio and Michigan begin their annual rivalry game around noon. Traditionalists like it that way. It is familiar and gives both fan bases a continuity that stands for the rivalry itself.
It's also extremely stupid and bad.
This comes from someone who prefers tradition in their own right. Personally, I always fret when the Buckeyes are in one of their dreadfully changing uniforms, mainly because their regular jerseys are so exquisitely perfect that any change feels like a sin against nature. However, the #teens love them, and as I change into the life stage of 1
But the best rivalry of the game deserves a better start time than noon.
Imagine Led Zeppelin writing Stairway to Heaven as a three-minute acoustic guitarist. That's basically what the Ohio State and Michigan authorities are doing with us. They rewrite Stairway to Heaven as a lullaby every year.
The argument for playing the biggest regular season game of any team, in the worst possible time slot, is thin. Those who call "It's Tradition" overestimate how traditional their precious midday start is, as our fearless leader Jason Priestas found out.
Looking back on the encounters, the states of Ohio and Michigan did not start until the mid-1980s.
I'm older than this tradition, and I offer so much history as the kick-off in Ohio State – Michigan. In high school, I owned several Creed AND Nickleback albums. My argument here is that my story is shitty, but it's similar to what you get when the Buckeyes and the Wolverines start, while most of the West Coast is not yet done with breakfast.
This is not a new argument. Ohio State – Michigan kick off time is a hot topic, and as the teams fought for a playoff spot in 2016, some hoped the game would be put back in a later (better) window.
"I think the tradition and it's noon, I think fans like that and I know we like that and can count on it."
That was Martin Jarmond in an interview with Ari Wasserman. Jarmond, Ohio State Athletic Director, said the game should not change at noon because "people expect that."
Surely that's what we expected … but did we deserve it?
By giving Ohio State and Michigan the noon treatment, it feels naturally anti-climatic. By nature, the Buckeyes Wolverines Matchup is a crescendo, with the previous 11 games serving as a tempting build.
Imagine Led Zeppelin writing Stairway to Heaven as a three-minute acoustic lullaby. That's basically what the Ohio State and Michigan authorities are doing with us. Stairway to Heaven They rewrite lullaby every year.
The 2006 game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines was so perfectly perfect. It was No. 1 against No. 2 and ended at 3:30 am thanks to an offense. This game was so much fun because the networks struggled to stage the best rivalry in college football it deserved.
It's time for Ohio State and Michigan to meet regularly in prime time.