It's Michigan Eve in Columbus, and the newspapers are chock full of Buckeye news and commentary produced in the hours leading up to the annual contest.
With James Laurinaitis' entrance on the big stage now two years old, the Columbus Dispatch's Ken Gordon checks in with a profile on the linebacker.
Columbus' daily also has a comprehensive look at the jersey numbers of players in the series and finds out who comes out ahead. Hint: It comes down to the very last number, which is No. 99.
Dispatch columnist Bob Hunter is wistful for the days when the Rose Bowl mattered.
The Dayton Daily News uses the "o" word to describe Jim Tressel's relationship with Lloyd Carr, and also goes further in depth with how the game defines the coaches who participate. The DDN also lets you vote on how parts of the game will go.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an excellent feature story including interviews with members of each OSU class to not lose to Michigan, a group that can be joined this year should OSU make it four straight wins.
The Plain Dealer also has a feature on the last punt return for a touchdown against the Buckeyes. It came 10 years ago against some team from Ann Arbor.
The Lima News' Jim Naveau with a feature on OSU's Chris Wells, who said he cried before last year's game.
The discriminating OSU fan knows Oregon lost last night, keeping alive the Buckeyes' faint hopes of making the national title game. ESPN's Ivan Maisel has commentary.
Notebooks galore: The Dispatch and the Lorain Morning Journal lead with Big Ten's public reprimand of Jim Tressel and Ron Zook, while the Detroit Free Press starts with news on Michigan's Ohio natives.
News From Up North
The Morning Journal notes that former U-M receiver Braylon Edwards has his choice of a winner Saturday. His selection? Not the team that won during his senior season...
The Ann Arbor News compares the 2007 game to the 2003 game, the last one Michigan was able to win.
The News also has an interview with the College GameDay crew, and Kirk Herbstreit has some interesting words on the rivalry.
The Free Press dances around the hot topic up north of OSU's dominance of Michigan.
The Freep also has a note on Michigan Ave., which runs near the OSU campus. Suffice to it say it has a new name this week.