Paul W. Smith: Big day for Michigan college football

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

After a week of giving thanks, here’s hoping our Michigan Wolverines and our Michigan State Spartans have even more to be thankful for at the end of this day.

It’s an especially big day for the seniors and their families with this final home game, after a (for some) final rite of passage that began for most of them many years ago in grade school. As always, so much is “on the line” today for both schools, Big Ten East Division leadership, Conference Championship, Bowl Game selection, state bragging rights and so much more.

■Michigan and Ohio State are heading into their 112th meeting today with the Buckeyes’ still smarting from Michigan State University handed them their first loss of the season and first in their last 24 games. It is safe to say the Buckeyes didn’t expect it to be this way coming into today, having a great deal of overconfidence last week, only to be roundly outcoached and outplayed by the Spartans.

Will they play like they can make everything “all right after all” if they beat Michigan today. I would think so. That’s the way it is for both teams every time they meet like this at the end of the season.

But can they derail this incredible and amazing first season Jim Harbaugh has put together with his team? I don’t think so.

■If you need any further proof of how big a deal this UM vs OSU matchup continues to be year after year, I suggest you read the fine story Angelique S. Chengelis wrote in The Detroit News this week. Two hundred Michigan fans walked through Forest Hill Cemetery Tuesday night, visiting the graves of longtime WJR Broadcaster Bob Ufer and legendary football coaches Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler. “Legend in the making” Coach Jim Harbaugh was there with his dad Jack, paying their respects and sharing stories. They will have more after today.

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.