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One Game That Makes a Season


Of all the traditional rivalries in college football, none is more intense or, in recent years, more important at the national level than Ohio State-Michigan. It usually determines the Big Ten title and the conference's Rose Bowl participant and has a major effect on the season's rankings. Artist Allan Mardon attended the 1974 Buckeye-Wolverine weekend; his impressions begin on the opposite page, after which the coaches, Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, are observed on the eve of this year's game.

In the pregame frenzy, a Buckeye cheerleader heads skyward and the Wolverines come charging onto the field determined to stop the likes of Fullback Pete Johnson.

Michigan's marching band—235 strong—is one of the largest in the country, but even it might have trouble containing the elusive Archie Griffin. And yet despite Archie's heroics, the Buckeyes would have lost last year if Mike Lantry's field-goal try with 16 seconds to play had succeeded.

On the sideline Woody Hayes directs his Buckeyes while Michigan's Bo Schembechler takes a calmer view, unlike one excitable fan outside the stadium at Ann Arbor.