B1G East Division Co-Champions

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on November 27th, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Unfortunately, it's just co. But Michigan did win their first division championship in program history.

With both Michigan and OSU at 8-1, both are declared East Division Champions with the tiebreaker obviously going the way it did. This is per the B1G rules. Their website had a release up after we beat Indiana that stated we clinched at least a share of the title. 

B1G record books have a table of division titles as well. 

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Michigan will receive a B1G East Division trophy for its accomplishment. 

Yes, what happened was very VERY disappointing last weekend, but look at the whole body of work this season. 

Is this all that different from 2000 when Michigan, Purdue and Northwestern all tied for the Big Ten title? Michigan lost to both and gave up a ton of points and lost the Rose Bowl tiebreaker to Purdue.

Jack Harbaugh even had some words to say about the title on The Harbaugh Podcast, saying a banner should be put up.

And before OSU trolls laugh, well..........they celebrated theirs in 2015 so hard they made t-shirts for it:

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We're finally on the board with a division title and let's use it as a stepping stone to an OUTRIGHT Division Championship in 2019. Go Blue

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Comments

Honker Burger

November 27th, 2018 at 2:56 PM ^

For anybody not listening to the weekly Attack Each Day Harbaugh Podcast you are missing out.

Bitterly disappointing result on Saturday but hearing Jim and Jack each week makes me appreciate even more that this man is our coach. Lost of room to improve but we are still headed in the right direction.

Moonlight Graham

November 27th, 2018 at 3:49 PM ^

When we were losing more games last year, it sort of annoyed me that Jim did this podcast instead of working on more coaching the Sunday after a game. And then I read that sentence back to myself and felt dumb. Honestly, between last year's podcast and the All or Nothing series, Jim just generally seemed off his game. The most frequent explanation I've heard is that the team wasn't good so he was more subdued, but I don't know... I'm glad he's "back" this year and it shows on the podcast. 

But anyway, when I saw Attack Each Day in my feed yesterday I had that same grumpy feeling creep back in, like "why does he do these?" even though all season while we were winning it was actually a joy to hear Jim and Jack. So I agree, win or lose Jim and Jack's relationship is part of the fabric of this program and the podcast is a gem. I'm sure Matt Dudek (who is part of the podcast) encourages recruit parents to listen. What's more important? Watching an hour of film on Sunday or doing a podcast with your dad? 

MindlessChaos

November 27th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

It would probably feel a bit better if it was under different circumstances. Being blown out by those you tied with  shouldn't feel great. It's just a division title.  I could see being happy with a streak, but individually and not making it to the championship game is basically the same as finishing 2nd or worse. 

MindlessChaos

November 27th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

It would probably feel a bit better if it was under different circumstances. Being blown out by those you tied with  shouldn't feel great. It's just a division title.  I could see being happy with a streak, but individually and not making it to the championship game is basically the same as finishing 2nd or worse. 

MindlessChaos

November 27th, 2018 at 5:22 PM ^

Because the only 2 good teams on the schedule were losses? MSU on the road when they are a injury riddled to the extent their QB didn't practice all week and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, and they could barely field 3 WRs using their RB and CB out of necessity and still only pulling away late. Whoop-de-do. PSU was a better showing but it's not like they were world beaters. OSU was the real test and it was failed miserably.  No other B1G team failed that miserably against them on defense and they even showed mercy by not scoring at the end to make it 30... Couldn't even show enough pride to stop their runners from gashing at the end of the game... Beating nobodies and also rans is not a big accomplishment. 

rice4114

November 27th, 2018 at 7:41 PM ^

If we would've beat OSU and Northwestern it would've been a blowout loss to Bama. That would've meant that our other wins meant nothing and we are a bad team. The goal posts keep moving.

1. Don't schedule ND at ND just stick with Arkansas

2. Osu would've been our first loss of the year

3. PURDUE beat OSU by more. Is that better? I don't know but they sure as fuck don't dismiss their season because of it.

Sometimes our fanbase is too much. A horrible loss on a great season. Quit discounting you aren't Kohls.

wolverine1987

November 27th, 2018 at 7:29 PM ^

We didn't win the division. We aren't co-champions either. This is participation trophy bullshit. 

If somehow we had not played the champs and gotten owned, and had equal records, then we'd be justified in a co-champion trophy. But that didn't happen. 

It was a hell of an improvement, and maybe next year will be even better. But we didn't win any division championship. Our season overall was good, even better if we win the Rose Bowl, but it stops there IMO.

LSAClassOf2000

November 27th, 2018 at 4:14 PM ^

Since it seems that conference record is the first consideration, then the co-champion thing makes sense from that standpoint. As others have mentioned, it rings a bit hollow now given the structure of the divisions, when a spot in the conference championship game and a probable CFP bid were on the table and all that. I mean, you get consolation prizes in sports and that's fine, I suppose, but I think we were wanting quite a bit more and we should want more. 

All that said, the sun came up on Sunday morning and my life unfolded more or less as predicted despite severe disappointment in my sports, so there is that. 

rockydude

November 27th, 2018 at 3:51 PM ^

I agree. We lost to them head to head, decisively. They won, we didn’t. Congrats to them. Let’s get on with things and start getting ready to run the table and win the thing for real next year. We’re Michigan. We win by winning, not by technicalities. This is football, not lawyerball.

We had a heck of a good turnaround this season. We don’t have any need to exaggerate a tie with the Bucks, especially given that we are going to kick Washington’s ass in the Rose Bowl. 

BlockM

November 27th, 2018 at 3:57 PM ^

This is such a strange take. If you're not ok with some ambiguity and subjectivity as far as outcomes, why pay any attention whatsoever to something like sports? Especially football where sample sizes are so small and there are so many unpredictable factors like weather, injuries, 18-22 year old emotions and egos...

rockydude

November 27th, 2018 at 5:31 PM ^

It’s funny, because I see that as the strange take. To me, sports have always been truly democratic. You get points, and you win or lose, so it’s totally objective. As for those “sports” like ice dancing, that are decided by the whims of judges, I’ve got no use for them . . .

lilpenny1316

November 27th, 2018 at 2:55 PM ^

That 2000 team.  Damn.  That was one of the most disappointing seasons I could ever remember.  Three blown double digit second half leads kept us from playing for a title.