If you could change the result of one game

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 27th, 2018 at 11:08 PM

Which would it be and why?

Mine: we win The Game in 2006. Would be Big Ten Champions and at the very least the BCS title game runner-up if not win it. 

Lloyd retires after the season as opposed to a year later. 

honorable mention: 1996 OSU. The season was a failure being 8-4 anyways and we did sort of better the next year. I would trade this win if it meant OSU never fired John Cooper or at least didn't fire him after 2000. 



May 27th, 2018 at 11:12 PM ^

Losing to Ohio State in 2016. If they had won that then gone on to win the conference it would have validated them. Instead the program is still thought of as a has-been.


May 28th, 2018 at 9:19 AM ^

With a win a over OSU, that would've given us a a lot of momentum going into the B1G championship game. Speight still would've been injured, but I still think we could've beaten Wisco again and that would've made for a sure fire playoff spot. Even if we didn't do anything in the playoff, and at least scored any points against Clemson (lol 31-0), that still would've changed the perception of Harbaugh and the program. No longer would people be complaining about how we can't beat rivals anymore or how we underperform. A season beating MSU and OSU, plus a playoff birth would've changed recent history of the program


May 27th, 2018 at 11:14 PM ^

The game last year.

Our trajectory and general perception are much more positive right now, potentially bolstering recruiting.

O'Korn leaves on a somewhat positive note rather than being disparaged as the worst starting QB at Michigan since Sheridan.

Also, I was there so it would have been nice to witness the victory.


May 28th, 2018 at 5:03 AM ^

For awhile, he played well enough to win us the game but it wasn't meant to be. I hated to see him shoulder the burden of that loss, the way it went down, an affirmation that he simply didn't have what it took to be the QB at this level. Any win against Ohio State is good but nowadays, with wins coming few and far between, a win last year or the year before would have also been good in terms of solidifying Coach Harbaugh as the man to bring down the Evil Empire.

SMart WolveFan

May 29th, 2018 at 12:32 AM ^

It was a tough loss but the team competed great against a Blue Blood and it really came down to Vince Young being an incredible college player.

The worst part was, leaving that game I was sure that team was going to do some great things, but sadly they didn't and then sent the program into a tailspin.


May 28th, 2018 at 5:27 PM ^

that it would have been an M win at Ohio Stadium under the current regime, M would have gone to the B1G title game (which somehow M has never done), probably would have won that, and gone to the playoff.  If M wins that game, I think the perception of the program is a bit different right now and recruiting would probably be going a bit better.

So yes, 2006 is the correct answer in terms of the single most impactful difference to a single season (that win gets M the big title and a spot in the national title game), but the 2016 game is a valid answer because it impacts the current program, even if M was still two wins away from being where the 2006 game would have put them. 

Eye of the Tiger

May 27th, 2018 at 11:14 PM ^

2002: would have deprived Tressel of his national championship, while our very good team (eventually ranked #9) probably would have ended up in the top 5.

2006: obvious reasons are obvious. 

2016: CFP 



Goggles Paisano

May 28th, 2018 at 6:31 AM ^

I think the App St loss showed us that dicking around all summer and not preparing the right way for another season can go badly.  It was RR that launched us into the dark ages.  And for that, my choice of game to change is the 07 Pitt/WV game.  WV wins and RR is playing in the BCS championchip game and not coming to Michigan.  

By the way, Pitt was 4-7 heading into that game and catching about 28 pts.  


May 28th, 2018 at 10:18 AM ^

2007 was pretty much the beginning of the dark ages in my opinion.

Beating PSU at the last second and Lloyd finally opening up the offense in the bowl game v Florida was nice, but Michigan was loaded with talent, preseason #3, and had veteran leadership.

We followed App St up by getting our doors blown off by Dennis Dixon and only put up 3 points at home against OSU. It had been almost two full recruiting cycles since Northwestern's proliferation of the spread offense wrecked us in 2000 and Lloyd still had no idea on how to defend a mobile QB/spread offense.


May 28th, 2018 at 6:35 PM ^

If Nebraska beats Texas in the Big12 title game in 2009, which Texas won on a last second field goal, then Cincinatti goes to the BCS title game to face Alabama, Brian Kelly doesn't (probably) leave to go to ND after that season and there's good chance Michigan hires him instead of Hoke after the 2010 season.

I actually was really bummed when Texas made that FG for that reason, and remained in the "what-if" camp as Kelly took ND to the BCS title game in his second season, but hooo boy considering what Kelly has shown as a person and coach since (and where we are now), I'm gald he wasn't available even if it meant four years of Hoke for M.

Hail Harbo

May 28th, 2018 at 2:59 AM ^

Not for the obvious reason, but as you said, it launched us into the dark ages. Michigan wins that one I think they’re in a better mind to take on Oregon. And then who knows, maybe Carr stays another season. Doubtful. But maybe the coaching search is a little less frantic with the perception Carr is leaving under his own terms instead of being run out of town.


May 27th, 2018 at 11:17 PM ^

2001 Game against OSU in Tressels first season..Lloyd Carr and the Wolverines let a shitty ass Buckeye team waltz right into The Big House and beat them..beginning the era of absolute domination. That game set the tone


May 27th, 2018 at 11:18 PM ^

2016 changes the whole narrative going forward. OSU loses that game they dont get every single recruit that was there and meyer's heart starts hurting again.  That game was palpatine vs mace windu.


May 27th, 2018 at 11:21 PM ^

I don’t take wins over Ohio State off the board, so 96 is out.

Ohio State in 2006 and 2016 are the obvious ones but I’ll throw in 2007 as well. After the disastrous start to a season full of high expectations, the Big Ten Title was still in play and Henne and Hart could’ve gotten their win vs the buckeyes.