Links: Michigan hopes to spoil Ohio State's national title shot; Urban Meyer already talking rivalry week
So, it's November, and Michigan is heading to Columbus with a chance to ruin Ohio State's national championship plans.
Even though the Buckeyes are currently ineligible for both a bowl appearance and a Big Ten championship due to NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes (11-0) absolutely can still finish the season No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
It would need a lot of help, as its currently No. 4 in the AP rankings, but it's not impossible.
In fact, it has happened before. USA Today's Paul Myerberg explains:
"It could happen, and you might want to be at least somewhat prepared," Myerberg wrote. "There have been split titles in the BCS era, though none involving a team under NCAA probation.
"In 2003, LSU won the BCS championship game against Oklahoma and was named No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. USC, which beat Michigan 28-14 in the Rose Bowl, was named No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll."
Of course, if Michigan beats Ohio State on Saturday, none of this really matters.
More Michigan links:
• It didn't take Ohio State coach Urban Meyer long to start discussing rivalry week. Following Ohio State's win over Wisconsin, Meyer offered an early take on Buckeyes-Wolverines: The Plain Dealer has more.
• After dominating in a 42-17 win over Iowa, Devin Gardner is clearly the future of Michigan's offense, ESPN.com's Big Ten Blog says. He's probably the present, too.
• Devin Gardner's all the rage, but Denard Robinson's still pretty fast -- Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News reminds us of that.
• The Buckeyes open up this week as a 4 1/2-point favorite over the Wolverines, per VegasInsider.com.
• And, just because we can, Kyle and I are wondering if ribs will be on the Ohio Stadium press box menu this weekend. Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer would approve.