The Signature Win? These moments tend to come when low expectations are rewarded with a big outcome - usually a big upset. Is the general malaise about RR in the public due to a lack of this "AH-HA!" moment? Recall:
Michigan Fans may remember 1995.
Previous year 8-4, #14 preseason, Michigan loses to #25 Northwestern at home? Followed by a loss to unranked MSU, and then a loss to #22 PSU. On our third coach in 5 years - is Carr aggressive enough? Too soft?
But then, #18 Michigan upsets #2 OSU 31-23. - Carr's 1st Signature Win.
Or remember 1969, when a 1st year coach named Bo took a 7-3 Michigan team and soundly beat #1 OSU 24-12. A very Signature Win.
However, Gary Moeller took over for Bo with a Big Ten Champion #4 ranked team. He did beat OSU too, twice in a row. And then went undefeated 9-0-3 with a #5 rank and a Rose Bowl win. But after all, starting at #4 the only place to go up to is a National Championship. Was the expectations too high? Did Moeller never get the Signature Win and therefore the extra love where everybody loves an underdog?
With #6 Wisconsin and #8 Ohio State looming is this where the underdog unranked Wolverines get a RR Signature Win? Will that win lift RR into the good graces of the skeptical and undecided fans and media? Will the effectiveness of the RR spread be the difference?
IMO - an upset vs WI or OSU provides a Signature Win for RR, a contract extension and proves once and for all that yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.