Ultimate UM Football Revenge Tour Scenario

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on November 7th, 2018 at 10:05 PM

Michigan could potentially have six games left if we win every single one. The official 4 game Michigan revenge tour (Wisconsin, msu, psu, osu) is nearly complete, but here is my scenario for the ultimate Michigan football revenge tour: 

1. Michigan defeats chief rival Rutger despite their efforts to fence the garden and defeat us for the second time in their history. We may have the most wins and the highest winning percentage of all time, but they are the birthplace of college football. We need revenge on them for giving birth to football before we did.

2. Michigan defeats Indiana. We need revenge against this team as they have had the audacity to beat us not once, but twice during Jim Harbaugh’s 54 years on this earth (1987 AND 1967). 

3. Michigan defeats an Ohio State university. The importance of winning this rivalry game cannot be overstated. This is The Game, and this year features one of the most important Matchups in the history of this rivalry.  These bozos have beaten us 15 out of the last 17 matchups. Their entire university has sold their integrity to retain a head coach who is on the verge of a second meltdown of epic proportions in the last decade. He has already left carnage and shame at one football juggernaut, and this game presents an opportunity to deliver the ultimate football justice on their home turf.  One M victory could be the death knell for a coach and a university that deserve shame and failure for their remarkable lack of integrity. By all accounts, this would be the sweetest victory on this glorious revenge tour.  However, this would not be the last stop...

4. Michigan defeats Northwestern to win the B1G title.  This school managed to beat us in the first ever match up between these two teams in 1892. That one still stings. They also have (unsuccessfully) tried to argue an academic competitive advantage over us. They also forced many emotional (and pathetic) Michigan fans to post negative things about Don Brown on our message board during the first quarter of a game less than 6 weeks ago. Can I adequately state our need to get revenge for that?

5. Michigan defeats Alabama in the college football playoff semi-final. Let me just list a few of the myriad reasons that this team sits near the top of the revenge tour: Pete Finebaum, Najee Harris, bagmen, the CFP committee, ESPN, conference affiliation with non-kindred spirit Hugh Freeze, 17 national championships > 11, A .500 all-time record versus us (2-2, nobody does that to Michigan). The sweetness of this revenge factor would be up near the top - I would argue up there with Rutger for trying to fence the garden. 

6. Michigan defeats Notre Dame. Just imagine with me that everything falls our away (including a shocking Notre Dame victory over Clemson), and we get the opportunity to avenge our only loss of this magical season on the grandest stage of all. Notre Dame chickened out of the rivalry, and then brought it back in a cowardly and disingenuous fashion to steal an extra home game. They managed to win this game despite being out-gained by a superior team due to a lucky 43 yard pop-up into double coverage. An even larger number of emotional (and pathetic) Michigan fans called for Jim Harbaugh‘s head after this game. Their fight song, their history, their stadium, their helmets, and their tradition are all really good. Each of these is at least just a little bit inferior to ours. We owe them revenge for deceiving a solid handful of uneducated people that they have a better program than us.

Michigan 14-1*

(*= avenged)

Thank you for reading what one could consider to be the ultimate Michigan revenge tour. What revenge scenario sounds sweetest to you?

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November 8th, 2018 at 7:53 AM ^

Ohio State does not currently have the right to use "The": http://edsbs.wikia.com/wiki/The_Traveling_The That right currently belongs to The Michigan State University. Unfortunately, an Ohio State has the chance to earn it back this weekend, though it would seem in the OP's scenario, The MSU locks up the B1G East for us this weekend! 


November 8th, 2018 at 12:38 PM ^

Speaking of this, it just occurred to me that if OSU beats MSU this weekend, we could claim The traveling The vs the Buckeyes in a couple weeks! 

How sweet would that part of the revenge tour be?  OSUs arch rival, for the first time, grabs hold of the The traveling The!


November 8th, 2018 at 7:26 AM ^

I like it.  But...South Carolina had an open date due to Hurricane Florence.  We could've grabbed that on December 1st (instead of Akron), then sent our Varsity squad down to South Carolina to truly complete the tour while our JV team wins the Big10 championship.


November 8th, 2018 at 7:29 AM ^

Honestly hadn't thought of it before but ND would be a nice cap on all this.  I think OSU will likely be the toughest game left, including the CFP...just because of what and where it is.


November 8th, 2018 at 11:29 AM ^

I like the Revenge Tour. It is clearly something the players have used as a motivator throughout the pre-season and in-season. As a fan, I am along for the ride, but I'll leave the planning of repossessing lunch monies to those that can actually do something about it. I'll just enjoy the hell out of the ride!


November 8th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

One more aspect to the revenge tour: the National Championship game takes place in Levi's Stadium, home of the 49ers, where Jim Harbaugh coached his last NFL game. A victory would allow him to hoist a trophy in Jed York's stupid face, in Stanford's back yard. I'm sure that would add to the enjoyment of the situation.


November 8th, 2018 at 12:42 PM ^

Yes that 1892 loss to NW does sting!

Enjoyed your candor and historical references.

Is that right that Indiana has only beaten us twice since Harbaugh was born?

Beat Rutgerland

November 8th, 2018 at 1:02 PM ^

Assuming we win out I really would like to get NW again in the championship game, I think the NW game is a little bit of a question mark on our resume, and I'd like to put that one to bed.


November 8th, 2018 at 2:05 PM ^

the thing is...this is not very unrealistic...Alabama having some QB issues with injury, and we have a defense that MIGHT match up with their offense, and an offense that is finding it's groove, and has the ability to score on a weaker than normal bama. Notre Dame has improved as has UM since the game 1 matchup...I think we've improved more than they have and at a neutral site it may be a perfect storm. OSU seems...SEEMS like the easiest of the big wins left, they are vulnerable and we want that game as bad as any. IU/RU are equally scary from a looking past them perspective, but this team this leadership seems above it right now. I see a team motivated beyond a one game win, they want it all.


November 8th, 2018 at 2:37 PM ^

need to get Purdue into that Revenge Tour to get revenge for the 2 point loss in 1976 --- Michigan was 8-0 going into that game -- at the end Leach could not connect with a pass to Jim Smith & that left it up to Bobby Wood who missed the potential game winning field goal -- as Ufer cried -- no good, no good, no good --

Hold This L

November 8th, 2018 at 4:39 PM ^

I think it would be more likely that Clemson get upset somewhere and left out or put at 4th and Michigan and ND play as the 2 and 3. I don’t see ND beating Clemson anywhere let alone in the playoff where their team will totally lock in. 


November 8th, 2018 at 5:32 PM ^

What?  Then we have to put up with people claiming Oakland is still in play.  You know once Jim has won a national championship, he'll head back to...



November 11th, 2018 at 12:41 PM ^

Another reason Alabama is on the Revenge Tour: ‘Bama beat Ole Miss in 2017 66-3.

Patterson was the Ole Mis QB. 

Alabama was up 52-3 and had the ball, 4th and 2 on the ‘Ole Miss 8 yard line. Their second string QB (now their starter) threw a pass for a TD. Talk about rubbing it in!

An Alabama player was quoted afterward that Coach Saban told them it was not enough to win the game, they had to “defeat” them  

Patterson said he understood how his teammates felt about last year’s Penn State game even though he wasn’t there. Now his new brothers should help him exact his revenge on the Crimson Tide.