Michigan vs. OSU: Who has all-time bragging rights?

Just a test.

Updated: November 19, 2006, 7:40 PM ET
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Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes did their part to add to the game's greatest rivalry.
It's the greatest rivalry in college football, but which Michigan or Ohio State team has all-time bragging rights?

Now hold those angry e-mails, Auburn and Alabama fans. And save us the history lesson about Oklahoma and Texas. We're just repeating what you've told us, SportsNation.

Last season, long before we knew this year's game between Ohio State and Michigan would be a battle of unbeatens with national championship implications, we asked you to rank the best rivalries in college football. And after close to 60,000 fans submitted their rankings, the long-running feud between the Buckeyes and Wolverines came out as the clear winner. Of course, it's easier to defend that position based on the circumstances of this year's showdown.

As nation's top two teams prepare to settle the score, potentially ending the loser's championship dreams, it's worth pausing for a moment to consider the legacy of both programs. Between them, Ohio State and Michigan have won numerous national championships and dominated the Big Ten for decades. But before finding out which of this season's teams is better, we want to know which team you think is the best in the history of this rivalry.

ESPN.com senior college football writer Ivan Maisel graciously agreed to narrow the field to the four best teams from each school's long history and the venerable Beano Cook seeded them, and now we're putting them in a bracket. For the first four days of this week, we'll pit the schools against themselves to determine the best Ohio State team and the best Michigan team. And then on Friday we'll find out just which team owns all-time bragging rights in the game's best rivalry.

As always, your votes will decide which teams advance each round. Click on the links below for breakdowns of each team.

Michigan vs. Ohio State All-Time Bracket
Day
Game
Vote
Monday
(1) '47 Michigan vs. (4) '73 Michigan
1947: 67%
1973: 33%
Monday
(1) '68 Ohio State vs. (4) '70 Ohio State
1968: 87%
1970: 23%
Tuesday
(2) '97 Michigan vs. (3) '48 Michigan
1997: 86%
1948: 14%
Tuesday
(2) '54 Ohio State vs. (3) '02 Ohio State
2002: 68%
1954: 32%
Wednesday
(1) '47 Michigan vs. (2) '97 Michigan
1997: 57%
1947: 43%
Thursday
(1) '68 Ohio State vs. (3) '02 Ohio State
1968: 54%
2002: 46%
Friday
'97 Michigan vs. '68 Ohio State
'97 UM: 50.4%
'68 OSU: 49.6%

Michigan-Ohio State Week chat wraps:

  • Robert Smith, former OSU running back
  • Paul Keels, OSU radio play-by-play voice
  • Tim May, OSU beat writer, Columbus Dispatch
  • Desmond Howard, former Michigan wide receiver/returner
  • Angelique Chengelis, Michigan beat writer, Detroit News
  • Mark Snyder, Michigan beat writer, Detroit Free Press