In thinking how far away Michigan is from having one or even two or three more wins, I found out they are actually pretty close. A play made here and there (which will most likely get made later this year or next year with more experience for those involved - every play cited involved a player with Sophomore eligibility or younger) would have a big impact on our record. Which play, or non-play, has had the biggest impact on the season:
JT Floyd (SO) @ PSU: Potential interception hits him in the arms and falls to the ground on the first pass McFarve throws. Drive Result: PSU scores TD.
Kovacs (SO) vs. Iowa: Dropped Interception near the goal line. Drive Result: IA scores TD.
Avery (FR) vs. Iowa: Missed Tackle on Adam Robinson on 3rd and Long in 4Q. Drive Result: IA FG to go up two scores.
Kick Offs OOB (Brookhasfoaishfffuuu - FR) vs. Iowa: the second one was a serious momentum killer, but both were bad.
Missed or Blocked FG - pick one. Although MSU and IA are the biggest misses I think and could have impacted the outcome, especially Tyler MF Sash returning that one so far upfield.
Gallon (FR) @ PSU: Boots the kick off return out of bounds at the two. Impact: M goes three and out taking no time off the clock with incomplete passes and PSU easily scores a TD before the half.
Running Vincent Smith on 3rd and 2 or less: pick one - This is on the coaches, who are not Freshman or Sophomores and should know better.
Denard (SO) vs MSU: INT in the endzone
Smith (SO) vs IA: Fumble lost deep in IA territory in 2nd Half
Discuss - would any single play give us one more W? Two Plays? Wouldn't Matter?