Tomorrow will be the first time Michigan has been in a top 10 matchup since...
The answer is - 9/1/12. Coming off a BCS bowl win, Michigan (8) got blown out by Nick Saban and Alabama (2). Not exactly a fun memory for me. Granted, we were a fake top 10 team that year. We have to go back almost a decade TO THE LLOYD CARR ERA to see legit top 10 games. And even then they were rare.
Here are the top ten matchups that Michigan has been in since 2000, as well as the result. None of this has any bearing on tomorrow's game, but still nice to look back at our history with important games. I'm shocked at home infrequent our top 10 games have been. This will be our first home top 10 matchup in 13 years. It's also our last win in a top 10 matchup, so let's hope we break the trend.
|9/1/12||(8)||ns (2) Alabama||L, 14-41|
|1/1/07||(3)||ns (8) USC||L, 18-32|
|11/18/06||(2)||at (1) OSU||L, 39-42|
|1/1/04||(4)||ns (1) USC||L, 14-28|
|11/22/03||(5)||vs (4) OSU||W, 35-21|
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Beaten out by true freshman Michael Jordan for the starting LG position, but currently listed at the first OG off the bench. Could be a relatively big loss since their coaching staff has repeated said their OL has thin depth beyond the starters.
IIRC, so far they've lost WR KJ Hill, WR Corey Smith, LB Justin Hillard and now OG Demetrius Knox. It seems like the injury bug is hitting them relatively hard in Columbus this year compared to years past.
I have about a half dozen good friends that are UW Badger alumni and passionate fans. They have rightly enjoyed the recent success UW has had in both football and basketball. Wisconsin grads (that I know) tend to be really good and bright people with successful careers and lives, much like Michigan grads.
This week, they are like the anti-Sparty. After walking in to East Lansing and pounding MSU, these Badger fans somehow think they are going to walk in to a curbstomping in Ann Arbor delivered by JMFH and the Wolverines. They don't think it will be close, and in Michigan's favor.
I realize Michigan is favored by around 10/11, but I just don't get it from my Badger buddies. I too believe Michigan will win, but probably in more of a grind and a narrow outcome. These guys aren't bluffing. Why do they expect to be blown out? Do your Badger friends/acquaintences/associates behave the same?
Fellow MGo'ers in the New York area:
I'll be in Brooklyn this weekend, taking my son to some big gaming tournament at the Barclay Center (No, I'm not going). So I'm hoping this game is national and not regional, and I can watch on TV. Please confirm.