Michigan players discuss the importance of playing in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game.

Michigan players discuss the importance of playing in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – When Michigan plays host to Ohio State on Saturday, it won’t be for the Big Ten East Division title like most people anticipated, but it certainly hasn’t lost its importance among U-M’s players.

“I am well aware, I think everyone in the entire country is well aware of the greatest rivalry in college football,” said U-M quarterback Jake Rudock.

“That rivalry just means everything,” said U-M TE Jake Butt, who grew up on Pickerington, Ohio, a suburb east of Columbus. “It is the greatest rivalry in all of sports. We haven’t been up there where we are at right now, so it’s going it mean even a lot more. I’m sure no matter what happens later today (MSU defeated OSU 17-14), it’s going to mean a lot for both teams.

“We don’t want to lose to them, they don’t want to lose to us. It’s going to be one of those situations where we are going to be at our best, they are going to be at their best, and you’re probably going to see a great game.”

Fellow Ohio native, Taco Charlton of Pickerington, also spoke about the rivalry.

“It’s just special going against Ohio State every just because that’s the team I grew up around, growing up in Columbus, it’s a team I watched every Saturday,” Charlton said. “So getting my shot to finally go up against them again is something I’ve been waiting in since last year.”

Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play host to Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) this Saturday at Noon.


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