ESPN/ABC dedicating massive resources to cover Michigan-OSU all week

Michigan vs. Ohio State is already a massive presence locally.

If ABC and ESPN have their way, it will be nationally as well.

ESPN.com will have features every day this week, including the 2006 No. 1 vs. No. 2 game on Tuesday and plenty more content throughout the week.

"SportsCenter on the Road" will air from Columbus on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN. SportsCenter will be on both school's campuses during the week and have celebrity and former player guests from both sides:

  • Taylor Hicks (Michigan)
  • Desmond Howard (Michigan)
  • Cardale Jones (Ohio State)
  • Darren Lee (Ohio State)
  • Richard Lewis (Ohio State)
  • Nick Mangold (Ohio State)
  • Jack Nicklaus (Ohio State)
  • Denard Robinson (Michigan)
  • Jalen Rose (Michigan)
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint (Michigan)
  • Adolphus Washington (Ohio State)
  • Donte Whitner (Ohio State)
  • Charles Woodson (Michigan)

On Thursday and Friday, ESPNU and ESPN Classic will air nine different past U-M/OSU matchups from 1995-2013. The 2006 game will air three times.

"College GameDay" will be live outside Ohio Stadium in front of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) on the Ohio State campus for five hours, two longer than usual, beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

A few facts:

This is the sixth time "College GameDay" will be at the site of The Game (1997, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007) and the first time in Columbus for this matchup since 2006.

It's the 36th time at an Ohio State game and the 25th at a U-M game. It's the 39th on-campus top-5 matchup that will host "GameDay."

ESPN Deportes will televise the game with its own announcers.

More than 175 people will work the game for ESPN on site, including play-by-play man Chris Fowler, analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporters Samantha Ponder on the Ohio State sideline and Tom Rinaldi on the Michigan sideline.

There will be more than 50 cameras, with lenses on the goal posts, the pylons (four in each pylon to capture the various directions), an aerial view and the skycam that hovers just above the field.

(2016 © Detroit Free Press)


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