Going to play a little devils advocate here.The point was they deserved to be pd. (football players)
You could take the entire OSU and UM roster and if they never played for either school and put them on teams called the Ann Arbor Skunks and the Columbus Walnuts and have them play each other and about 100 people other than family and fiends would show up. (Think NBA G League) Now you could take the rosters of Hillsdale College and Ohio Dominican and put Michigan and Ohio state uniforms on them and those players would sell out the Ohio Stadium. College football is huge because of the names on the front not the names on the back.