Ohio State manhandles Michigan; Rodriguez ‘not deterred’ by rumors

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Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Columbus, Ohio — Did someone say rivalry?There was no sign of that on a sunny, brisk Saturday at Ohio Stadium, as the eighth-ranked Buckeyes dominated the Wolverines, 37-7, before a crowd of 105,491.

Ohio State has won seven straight against Michigan and nine of the last 10 meetings. The Buckeyes are 11-1, 7-1 and have won at least a share of the Big Ten championship in each of the last six years, including a share this year with Michigan State and Wisconsin.

The Wolverines had three turnovers, lost their starting quarterback for much of the second half with an injury to his non-throwing hand, and had a weak special-teams showing, including allowing a kickoff returned for a touchdown.

“Michigan is among the elite programs and will be and their record will reflect that in the course of time, but we all have our ups and downs in a period and so forth and it’s highly competitive,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel, who is 9-1 against the Wolverines.

Rich Rodriguez is in his third year as head coach of the Wolverines, who finished with a winning record