A simple raising of a glass of water during a pregame speech at Michigan State turned out to be a turning point in Ohio State's undefeated season.
The recruitment of Desmond Howard came down to Michigan and Georgia Tech. The Cleveland native never considered Ohio State, which was just bringing in John Cooper.
Thad Matta says his team needs no extra motivation this weekend. "Our guys know that Kansas ended our season last year."
The Michigan Wolverines have failed to win a big game on the road this season, but they likely will get one more try on New Year's Day.
Missed opportunities and mistakes doomed the Michigan Wolverines against the Ohio State Buckeyes, an all too familiar theme in the 2012 season.
Ohio State scratched past Michigan behind a stellar defensive effort in the second half, then enjoyed every last second on the field before leaving it for the final time this season.
The Wolverines seem excited about playing Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner together, as they did against Iowa, but they aren't saying much about it.
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end John Simon will leave a legacy of hard work, leadership and perhaps an undefeated season if Ohio State beats Michigan.
Former Michigan players recall the 2000 victory at Ohio State, the last time the Wolverines silenced the Horseshoe.
Sophmore Thomas Rawls and senior Vincent Smith will be looked to in the ground game in the absence of Fitzgerald Toussaint.
The Wolverines continue to add wrinkles to Al Borges' new-look offense, one that surely is giving their chief rival headaches as they prepare for their annual showdown.
The successes of Taylor Martinez, Philip Nelson and Kain Colter against the Michigan defense are somewhat alarming knowing Braxton Miller lurks in the big one.
Kenny Guiton stepped in capably when Braxton Miller missed a handful of plays against Michigan State, justifying Urban Meyer's faith in the backup.
Ohio State proved at Michigan State that it has the ability to change gears from its uptempo, no-huddle offense down to a possession-based, clock-killing style when necessary.
As long as Ohio State has at least one more point than the opponent, there won't be any complaining from Urban Meyer, who won in his first game in a new conference for the fourth time in his coaching career.
Big plays, bad reads, turnovers, injuries -- the Buckeyes right now only go as far as Braxton Miller can take them. On Saturday at Michigan State, he took them to 5-0.