this may be of some local interest
Which win has meant the most to you in Michigan's 2012 season so far?
'lil Brown Jug
and it ain't even close. Really, Iowa compares to that? If I had to hear Spartys chirping for ANOTHER year, it would've been ugly. To such a streak never happening again!
But a loss to Northwestern would have been devastating. If we didn't pull that out in OT, we would be looking at another Gator Bowl trip right now.
For some reason comback wins against northwestern are just feel like they are supposed to happen.
The next one
No question beating Sparty means the most because it silenced the the MSU "fans" that came out of nowhere after they had actually won a few against us.
The best wins for me were the 6 wins against Sparty! Back to National Irrelevance!
OP would have had a great troll of MSU if he'd left off the last 2 sentences.
Prob Air Force.
Slippery Rock. Oh, football. Same answer. GOTTA LOVE THE ROCK
That's ridiculous. You remember that we played UMass, right?
was over MSU.
MSU may have finished 6-6 (3-5 Big10), but earlier they were ranked 13th pre-season and after knocking down Boise State, were considered media darlings and a Big Ten favorite alongside Wisconsin.
Of MSU's 6 losses this year, 5 of them were by 4 points or less. Only Notre Dame beat Sparty decisively 20-3, and in East Lansing no less.
MSU's offense was basically mental case this year, ranked 10th in scoring, 9th in YPG (in BIG10). This is the main reason why it lost 6 games.
Oh, and penalty yards? MSU finished ranked 3rd, same as last year. They gave up 663 yards. Way to go Nardoesn'tzzi
- MSU - had to end that streak, and not let them beat us more times in a row than they ever had before
- Iowa - had a 3 game losing streak, hadn't beaten them in 6 years
- Purdue - at 2-2, a lot of people doubted Michigan would do anything, only favored by 3, etc., etc. Shut up a lot of the critics. Defense is here.
- Illinois - Because shutouts are always good
- Minnesota - Little Brown Jug!
- Northwestern - Div. game
- Air Force - Meh
- Massachusetts - Meh
should be higher. I'd even put them above Iowa. Sure, we ended a streak but, other than that, the win was nothing spectacular.
The 2008 Northwestern game was the first game I ever attended at the Big House and it was a disappointment from fan behavior, leaving early, and U-M losing (the weather was also terrible so this is all understandable). Getting to watch U-M win this year was the complete opposite environment and felt redeeming.
but even that game was so damn unsatisfying due to the bleh offensive gameplan.
I was actually ticked off they needed a mini-miracle to beat those clowns.
And the fact that many fans werent even that happy after an MSU win, says everything you need to know about this season.
If you weren't happy after that game, you need to get some perspective.
It was a win over a rival we hadn't beat in 4 years. Not happy? Holy cow. If you were an ND fan you'd probably be depressed right now from all the poor performances they had this season. Give me a break!
If the question were "Which win has meant the most to the TEAM in Michigan's 2012 season so far", the answer with out a doubt should be MSU. It's a rivalry, and their streak was much longer than it should have been.
However, with the question worded the way it is, the win that meant the most important to ME, was Iowa. The reason for this is because up until this year, Iowa was the ONLY B1G team I had not seen Michigan beat in person, and I was at the game. I have now seen Michigan complete the cycle(for a couple more years at least). I have now witnessed Michigan beat live, Iowa and Nebraska once, OSU twice, Wisconsin 3 times, and the rest of the B1G anywhere from 4-6 times. I am also from Ohio, so I don't really run into any Sparty fans for that to influence my answer.
I'm just glad we didn't go 0-4 against them while I've been a student. That would have left a bitter taste in my mouth. It stinks that seniors last year had to endure that.
MSU since it ended such a bad streak but NU was the best team we beat
It's telling that this question has only one possible answer.
We had 8 equal wins over 8 kinda-equally mediocre/bad teams. The season was disappointing because we didn't win any one of the marquee games. The season was average, IMO.
That said, beating mSu carried the most baggage.
MSU mainly because I was there. It was such a hard faught battle. Both teams had to scrap for every inch and point they got. To see us pull out the win right at the end and rip the hearts out of lil bro was just priceless. Watching Dantonio and Tom Gholston walk off the field with their heads down was awesome too.
but Northwestern was the mist exciting game. Hopefully 8-4 will be the basement for losses in a season under Hoke. I just can't believe how mediocrity has become something people are happy with.
MSU, and starting the process of putting those clowns back in their place.
Unfortunately, msu. Every loss would have been a bigger win.
Who would have thought a couple of years ago that we could beat MSU with a last second field goal? I was so confident I even watched it.
MSU and the bowl game over some SEC team.
Be MSU, that was the only team we beat that wasn't terrible. If a team was decent, we lost.
Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Nebraska are a bit bigger than just "decent" I would say.
What about 9-3 Northwestern? That's a decent win.
to undervalue a couple wins. Sure, beating Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois are not exactly stellar wins, because Michigan was heavily favored (how the hell did Iowa beat MSU, again?). But MSU and Northwestern are actually good...MSU lost a ton of close games by single digits. Northwestern, as hilarious as it was how the collapsed in 3 games, could just as easily be undefeated right now if they didn't give up those comebacks. That win was a pretty big one for Michigan, given the "trap" feel it had to it.
Sure, it sucks to lose those 4 games, but not that long ago Michigan got blown out in those kind of games, and the only one that happened this year was Alabama (before they were really ready for a matchup like that...I wonder if they play them now how much closer of a game it would be). Now, I wanted those other 3 wins as much as the next guy, but sometimes the luck and skill just don't fall your way. ND was much better than anyone could have imagined, Nebraska...well that's what happens when your #1 QB goes down, your #2 QB is a WR that hasn't practiced at QB in weeks, and your #3 QB is a freshman who looks like a deer in teh headlights. Depth issues lost that one. And OSU....Borges, man, I don't know what the hell. Despite those losses all sucking, Michigan was right there in each one. I have faith that this coaching staff can turn more of these close games into wins rather than losses.
Bottom line: Michigan was 2-4 in close games this year. It's disappointing because just one more win was all it could have taken. But, sometimes it just doesn't go your way. I don't think M is too far off of where they should be right now.
I want a bowl victory and our bowl record to be pulled to .500.
That is what would mean most to me this season. I want another bowl victory. A great program like Michigan should not have a losing bowl record.
If we put this to vote MSU would win in a landslide.
Beating lil brother!
There isn't much else among the wins that compares to the feeling I had when Gibbons put that FG through with 5 seconds left on the clock. Further, the roar that erupted in Michigan Stadium when Dileo caught the pass that put us withing FG range was quite memorable. For me, between the drama of the last Michigan drive and the ending of a dismal stretch in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, that was the most emotionally charged (and by extension, most meaningful) win for me.
Well, not really a spanking but it's the best win against the most bland B1G conf in probably 25 years.
Growing up in Lansing, I would not have been able to stomach another year of listening to the belligerent musing of ol slappy. I barely survived the previous four years; that was by far the biggest game of the year for me. Go Blue!
without a doubt.
without question the boys in green
Iowa - it showed we had some creativity and that our QB of the future was not a fluke......I wish that creativity had shown up in Columbus, though.
Time to look forward... we didn't have a great year, but we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us in 2013 having Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio in our back yard. Our toughest road games are Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan State. If both lines can find some guys we could be back in the Rose Bowl hunt and maybe more. Go Blue!!!
Since they lost to their other two rivals, Sparty is the only great win on the resume this year. Hopefully, they save the best for a bowl game and strike a blow against "SEC superiority." A Michigan victory over "Johnny Football" would be a great end to what has been a disappointing season.
We lost to Alabama, ND, and OSU and barely beat a craptastic MSU team at home. --__--
Nevermind that 'Bama and ND is the possible title game, and OSU is undefeated for only the 6th time in history.
It's not like we lost to bad teams.
True. But those all those losses were pretty embarasisng.
I don't know if embarrassing is the right word. The only loss that was truly embarrassing was Alabama, in my opinion. Notre Dame needed 6 Michigan turnovers to beat us by 7, Ohio State's "prolific" offense was held to 2 FGs in the 2nd half en route to a 5 point victory, and Nebraska, well, we were without a QB for much of the game. That makes it more excusable.
In regards to MSU, they remain one of the best (if not the best) defense in the conference. Sure, a 12-10 fielg-goal-them-to-death win wasn't the most inspiring, but our offense was matched against a good defense.
EDIT: Now, embarrassing in that we had no offensive plan for MSU and 2nd half of Ohio State, embarrassing that we turned the ball over 6 times at ND, etc. Those are arguments that could be made, but I think coming into the season most people saw the daunting schedule. If we take our rose-colored shades off I think generally people saw 9-3 or 8-4. We didn't overperform, that is for sure.
It has to be putting Sparty back in second (in-state) again. I'm from southwest Michigan and there are plenty of quiet ND fans, but the Sparty fans are always more obnoxious and vocal. It's nice to have them quieted. Not silenced; their inferiority complex would never allow that, but quited.
Michigan-based ND fans are suddenly coming out of the woodwork again after years of quietly wearing their confused collage of green, gold, blue, yellow, and pink and trying to avoid talking football. They're bemusing at best, and a minor annoyance at worst. Sparties are downright confrontational. After the 2010 game I couldn't handle them Spartying up Ann Arbor again... And it came far too close to happening...
It was the only win we had over a ranked team. Ending the streak was great and all, but Northwestern is the only game I can point to right now and say "Well, there's at least one good team we beat."
MSU because they're a traditional rival and they had beaten us 4 times in a row. We didn't beat them by much, but apart from getting completely owned on the fake punt I though we were clearly the better team.
OSU was the most important game(as always)...
Northwestern was the best team Michigan beat...
But most important game we actually won? After 4 years of listening to little bro, is that even a question?