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UM-OSU: How the Buckeyes and Wolverines stack up against the football pitch

Wolverines and Buckeyes haven’t faced each other on the grill for almost two years.

The University of Michigan and the State of Ohio last played football on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, as last year’s edition of one of the nation’s fiercest rivalries was canceled due to COVID-19.

The numbers on the pitch have been pro-Buckeye for the past two decades, as the Wolverines have won just two of the last 19 meetings since 2001. However, universities face off in many other areas outside of the field. football including academics, Nobel Prize winners, politicians and more.

Here’s a breakdown in numbers, not football, of the rivalry.

Student registration

While UM reported its highest number of students this fall, OSU is in the top 3 of all national universities in terms of student enrollment.

Columbus-based university reached a new high of 61,677 students, supported by a record number of 47,106 undergraduates. The only other US universities with a larger student body are the University of Central Florida and Texas A&M University.

UM, meanwhile, reported 50,278 students after almost admitting about 7,200 students this fall. This is the largest number of students in the history of the university, combining undergraduate and graduate students.

Read more: Largest student body on record at the University of Michigan this fall, officials say

The University of Michigan Diag and State Street in Ann Arbor. Jacob Hamilton / MLive.comJacob Hamilton /

University city size

Columbus, also the state capital, is the largest city in the Big Ten in terms of population, with 905,748 residents according to the census update.

Read more: From Big House to Buckeyes: ranking of the largest cities in the Big Ten in the update of the US census

The most recent update from the US Census Bureau pushed Ann Arbor into the top 5 most populous cities in Michigan with 123,851 residents.

American news ranking

UM ranks near the top of national and world university rankings each year, although OSU is no slouch in this department, according to US News & World Report rankings.

The University of Ann Arbor is located there No. 19 in the world out of all world universities. In June, UM was ranked first among public universities, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2021-2022.

Read more: These Michigan Universities Are Among The Best In The World, According To US News Rankings

Ohio State University ranks 52nd out of 1,849 universities compiled. The methodology of these rankings is research-based.

In the national ranking, UM finished in 23rd place, while the OSU intervened at No. 49. These rankings were based on student performance after graduation, faculty resources, expert opinions, financial resources, and more.

How much do graduates earn?

According to the College Simply College database, UM students earn nearly $ 25,000 more than OSU students 10 years after graduation.

A UM student earns a median income of $ 74,400 with a decade of graduation, according to the site. a OSU student after a decade, earns a median income of $ 50,600.

Ohio Stadium on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Stadium on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.


UM announced a $ 5 billion increase in its endowment at the Board of Regents meeting on October 21, which means the total is now around $ 17 billion.. The past 20 years have seen an annualized return on investment of 9.5%, or higher than the average for national colleges and universities, UM officials said.

The OSU endowment was valued at $ 6.8 billion in August, according to OSU officials.

Pulitzer Prize winners

Both universities are well represented in the award for achievement in newspapers, magazines, online journalism, literature and music composition.

OSU claims eight Pulitzer Prize winners. The most recent winner was Walt Bogdanich of the New York Times for his 2008 work on “toxic ingredients in medicines and other everyday products imported from China”. He also won the award in 1988 over another medical scandal and 2005 for an article on “Concealing Corporate Liability in Fatal Level Crossing Accidents”.

UM claims 34 Pulitzer winners, the most famous being the famous playwright Arthur Miller for his play “Death of a Salesman”.

nobel laureates

The UM dominates in this category, since it claims 26 Nobel laureates for various scientific achievements. The most recent was former laser doctor Gérard Mourou in 2018, whose work at one point created the highest intensity laser in the world.

Read more: More powerful than the lightning of a Greek god: the ZEUS laser from the University of Michigan is the most powerful in the United States

The most recent of the OSU is Rattan Lal, a current faculty member, whose work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the former vice- President Al Gore.

OSU complaints three other winners, two in physics and one in chemistry.

Stephen ross

Live archive photo of Stephen Ross.Jacob Hamilton


UM and OSU both feature some of the richest alumni in the world.

MU complaints Seven billionaires, including Google founder Larry Page, Hank and Doug Meijer of the supermarket chain’s fame and Stephen Ross, a real estate developer and majority owner of the Miami Dolphins.

OSU has two billionaires, including the richest woman in Asia. Yang Huiyan, whose net worth exceeds US $ 25 billion, is the majority owner of County Garden Holdings and a former OSU in 2003.

Businessman Leslie Wexner is Buckeye’s other billionaire, graduating in 1959 with a business degree. He also briefly attended OSU Moritz College of Law.

The politicians

While UM does not have alumni representing Michigan in the US Senate, a former Wolverine represents Ohio.

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, graduated from UM Law School in 1984. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is the other senator from Ohio, and he received a master’s degree from UM. ‘OSU in 1979 and 1981.

OSU claims another U.S. Senator because Senator Tom Carper, D-Delaware, graduated in 1968.

As for the US representatives, the two schools are neck and neck with seven each. OSU’s most prominent representative in Washington, DC, is former football star wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who represents suburban Cleveland as a Republican.

Representatives Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph and Andy Levin of D-Bloomfield Township are both UM alumni.

Since Michigan’s creation in 1837, 11 of its governors have graduated from UM. The former was Edward Winans in 1891, while the latter was former Governor Rick Snyder between 2010-18.

Likewise, five Buckeyes have served as governors of Ohio. The most recent was Governor John Kasich, who lost the Republican nomination for president in 2016 to future winner Donald Trump.

In terms of the highest office in the country, UM is the only representative. President Gerald Ford succeeded Richard Nixon after his resignation in 1974. Ford served until 1977 before losing to Jimmy Carter.

That said, President Rutherford B. Hayes, although he was never an alum, was instrumental in transforming the original Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical School into what we identify today as OSU.

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