There’s no question that Ohio State is currently dominating the rivalry series against Michigan. The Buckeyes have won the last eight meetings in The Game, and have claimed 15 of the last 16 matchups. Since 2000, the Wolverines have won just twice.

Still, Michigan had such a significant advantage in the head-to-head that it still owns a 58-51-6 lead in the all-time series. Former Buckeyes head coach and national champion Jim Tressel wants to see that change in his lifetime.

Speaking at a charity event recently, Tressel said he wants to live long enough to see Ohio State take the lead in the rivalry series.

“I hope I live long enough for that day when we’re over .500,” Tressel said at the event, according to Eleven Warriors. “Then I can go to sleep happy.”

The Buckeyes have made up significant ground since Tressel took over in 2001. Tressel lost to Michigan just once in his tenure with Ohio State. Urban Meyer never lost to the Wolverines and Ryan Day is currently 1-0 with the 2020 game being canceled due to COVID-19.

Interim head coach Luke Fickell was at the helm in 2011 when Michigan last defeated Ohio State.

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