Michigan’s head football coaches have always been judged based on their success compared to their counterparts at Ohio State. The Ohio State game is what made Bo Schembechler a legend, kept Gary Moeller in Ann Arbor for so long, induced Lloyd Carr’s “retirement” and led Rich Rodriguez to get run out of town. When Brady Hoke was hired by Michigan, he had to live up to the standard set by Jim Tressel. Now Hoke finds himself face-to-face with Urban Meyer, the best college football coach today not named Nick Saban.

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