Michigan, under first-year coach Brady Hoke, captured its 10th win and appeared to have recaptured its national prominence after the woeful era of Rich Rodriguez.
That one game appeared to have marked a sea change for both of the storied programs. Or did it?
The third-ranked Buckeyes have won almost every game since and are in the thick of the national championship chase under coach Urban Meyer, who has not lost on their sideline.
"It is completely different. We were reeling my freshman year," defensive tackle Michael Bennett said. "Then you have where we are a really strong team that is getting better every week. The confidence is through the roof."
Meanwhile, Hoke is dealing with yet another late-season swoon and the maize and blue have more doubters than believers.
Will Saturday's 110th edition of The Game flip things yet again?
It was a nadir for Ohio State back in 2011.
A season of innuendo, defections and investigations had resulted in the forced departure of coach Jim Tressel earlier that season.
He was dismissed for failing to disclose that several of his players had most likely received improper benefits from the subject of a federal drug probe.
Top 25 schedule
• No. 12 Oregon vs. Oregon State, 5 p.m.
• No. 15 LSU vs. Arkansas, 12:30 p.m.
No. 16 Fresno State at San Jose State, 1:30 p.m.
No. 17 UCF vs. South Florida, 5 p.m.
• No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn, 1:30 p.m.
• No. 2 Florida State at Florida, 10 a.m.
• No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan, 10 a.m.
• No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 5:45 p.m.
• No. 6 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina, 5 p.m.
• No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 25 Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
• No. 9 Baylor at TCU,1:30 p.m.
• No. 11 Michigan State vs. Minnesota, 10 a.m.
• No. 13 Arizona State vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m.
• No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Penn State, 1:30 p.m.
• No. 22 UCLA at No. 23 Southern Cal, 6 p.m.
• No. 24 Duke at North Carolina, 10 a.m.