Something's been missing from Michigan gamedays since the free programs ceased being economically viable: scientific gameday predictions that are not at all preordained by the strictures of a column in which one writer takes a positive tack and the other a negative one… something like Punt-Counterpunt.
By Bryan MacKenzie
This game is all about history. But not in the way you’re being sold on it.
Like a high schooler doing an oral report on a book after only reading the back cover, every talking head is going to lean into the same narrative for this game. DID YOU KNOW Scott Frost once quarterbacked Nebraska? And now he now coaches Nebraska. AND AT THE VERY SAME TIME, Jim Harbaugh once quarterbacked Michigan, and now HE now coaches at HIS alma mater. Get it? BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Scott Frost quarterbacked Nebraska in 1997, when his Nebraska team claimed a share of the national title with Michigan. And Michigan fans are displeased about that. Boy, look at all these interweaving plot points!
And that was fine when Michigan was playing Frost’s UCF team (before UCF won a national championship that is approximately as legitimate as Nebraska’s 1997 claim). I mean, what other narratives were they going to use? The two teams had never played. There were no other plot points.
I would propose an alternate course of action, sir
But, believe it or not, Michigan and Nebraska are in the same conference, and have been for over seven years. You may ask yourself, “wait, why?” And this would be a valid question, but one for another day. All you need to know is that Michigan and Nebraska have played four times since 2005. And the results are not encouraging.
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