there would have to be some to wash away
Where do you think we will be in the rankings if ND wins? Where do you think we will be if MSU wins?
Sounds to me like this was either ratings-driven, or political correctness. I may be a communist on the football field, but not in my ranking of Big Ten athletes.
2007 - Boston College nearly loses to Massachusetts 24-14 only to go on to an 11-3 season with a Citrus Bowl appearance
2008 - Ohio State almost loses to Ohio University, 26-14, then goes on to a 10-3 season with a Fiesta Bowl appearance
2009 - Iowa almost loses to Northern Iowa (twice!) 17-16 en route to a 11-2 season with an Orange bowl appearance
This list is not all-encompasing.
Am I promising a BCS bowl appearance? No, nor am I promising a double-digit win season. I'm just saying take a deep breath and enjoy the win.
If you watched ABC's later-game halftime show recaps, you wouldn't have known about any of the things we're tearing our hair out about. Denard hype as expected, but well-rounded highlights (if you're talking about Michigan offense only), including the accompliments of Stonum and Shaw. When they showed Denard's stats (only a bit over 100 yds rushing?), it was only to give an opportunity for appropriate teasing. And though the score was in the graphics, I don't believe they ever said the score out loud or even (am I imagining this?) said anything about U.Mass. (Nor did they mention Denard's first interception of the season.) Is this a case of Band Wagoneers gotta Band Wagon? Is it wrong to hope the recruits were watching ABC games?