Urban Meyer will not broadcast Michigan football team's game against Ohio State amid job rumors
The only difference? They'll be without usual partner Urban Meyer, the former Florida coach and Buckeyes assistant who has created a buzz this week because of his interest in the Ohio State job.
No. 17 Michigan (9-2, 5-2) hosts the rival Buckeyes (6-5, 3-4) at noon Saturday on ABC.
"We felt the studio in Bristol was the best place for him given the many storylines and top matchups going on in college football this weekend," ESPN said in a statement.
Well, that's one explanation.
Another, of course, is it simply would be too awkward at best, and a conflict of interest at worst, for Meyer to work the game after he told the Gainesville Sun on Monday he had not been offered the Buckeyes' coaching job.
"I'm in a good place right now, mentally and physically," Meyer told the paper. "So, if something happens with Ohio State, I'll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about.
"If there is a decision to be made concerning Ohio State, there will be a lot that will go into it. But right now, there is no decision to be made."
Luke Fickell is Ohio State's coach right now after Jim Tressel was forced to resign in the off-season due to a memorabilia-for-gifts scandal that engulfed several players, including quarterback Terrell Pryor, and led to an NCAA investigation.
However, the Buckeyes are expected to conduct a national search for a new coach in the off-season.
That is, if they don't first land Meyer.