If the final score of the 29th Annual Great Debate is any indication, Ohio State should have no problem beating Michigan at Ohio Stadium Saturday.

If the final score of the 29th Annual Great Debate is any indication, Ohio State should have no problem beating Michigan at Ohio Stadium Saturday.

The Ohio State-Michigan week kicked off Monday, Nov. 22, with the Rotary Club of Hilliard's "Great Debate" in a packed Makoy Center Burgundy Room, where the Buckeyes trounced the Wolverines 35-17.

A silent auction, raffle and buffet started the event, which had local comics and personalities good-naturedly roasting each other and debating the merits of the Buckeyes and that team up north.

In his 21st year as emcee, Mark "Daddy Wags" Wagner of WLVQ-FM said, "Brutus Buckeye was scheduled to appear in his absence, I'm proud to present the Chick-fil-A cow."

Larry Binsky started things off for the Michigan side. "We have a lot to give thanks for this week Appalachian State was not on the schedule." Binsky also said Michigan had a better record than the Democrats this year, and that Michigan's victory over Notre Dame earlier in the season proves "that even God feels sorry for us."

Chris Coen, making his debate debut for the OSU side, said, Michigan's "defensive line is about as intimidating as a Jonas Brothers fan club meeting." He also pointed out that Michigan's last national title was during the Truman administration before color television and home computers were in use.

Jay Hendren said he couldn't believe how much money people spend on Buckeye memorabilia, including someone's basement he was in that included "a bar, with John Cooper serving drinks."

Mindy Drayer of WCMH-TV congratulated Davidson for continuing its march through the high school football playoffs. She thought Davidson could give Ohio State a more competitive game than Michigan. Drayer also compared Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's record (12-11) to Jim Tressel's (104-22) and how many points Michigan has given up (369) compared to OSU this season (153).

Scorekeeper/referee Doug Lessells said Michigan debater Danny Russell's employer, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, will be on Michigan's schedule next year, but that Michigan was a 16-point underdog.

"He's probably one of the two best quarterbacks in the whole game this week," Russell quipped about Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. "He used this season to make a statement about the Heisman trophy give it to someone else." Russell said the three finalists for the Heisman trophy this year are Cam Newton, Kellen Moore and Bristol Palin.

Comedians Dan Swartwout and Bill Arrundale also provided some laughs, and Rob Wahl sealed the debate win for the Bucks with several Christmas-themed songs, including Sanzenbacher's Comin' to Town.