Sooo...does beating Ohio "save the season"

Submitted by Mr. Yost on November 10th, 2013 at 9:17 AM

If we beat Ohio, does that save the season in your mind? If not, does it at least allow you to stomach the season?

Does it mean anything at all? (Other than what it traditionally means)



November 10th, 2013 at 9:21 AM ^

It doesn't save the season by any means, but it would surely be its highlight. It would mean a lot: it could signal a turn in the right direction (again) for this coaching staff, and it would keep the cooler poopers out of the talk for the championship.

Mr. Yost

November 10th, 2013 at 9:22 AM ^


Hoke has beaten it into me that it's B1G Championship or bust. While beating OSU would mean what it always had, I don't get any additional satisfaction.

Other than spoiling a perfect season, it doesn't even do anything.

They can still go to the B1G Championship Game and win, they can still go to the Rose Bowl and win.

Even if they go undefeated, they're not going to the NC game, so that's their likely path anyway. A loss to Michigan doesn't change anything.

Bill in Birmingham

November 10th, 2013 at 9:24 AM ^

Yes. But it would also be nice if I won the lottery. And since I don't buy lottery tickets, the odds of the two events happening are approximately equal. And I hate myself for thinking that.


November 10th, 2013 at 8:36 PM ^

but he didn't get it. A one-pointer would have made it 51-14. The big deal then was that that was an 8-1 4th-rated Michigan team, and the best since a 1-loss Rose-Bowl champion in 1964. Woody's 1968 and 1969 teams seem to have been lousy at kicking extra points.

Woody did go for 2 and get it, I believe, in a 1961 50-20 victory in Ann Arbor.

Carr's 1995 and 1996 OSU victories are still fond memories for me, although it is hard to know how to compare then with now. A lot has happened in the last 7 years.


November 10th, 2013 at 9:26 AM ^

No it won't salvage the season, but it would be great to beat OSU. I would then wonder how we could beat OSU and somehow lose to PSU and almost lose to Akron and UCONN.

Blue Durham

November 10th, 2013 at 9:27 AM ^

I just don't see it happening.

Another question might be, is the season salvaged if Michigan beats both Northwestern and Iowa on the road, and then the obvious loss to Ohio State?

That's 9-3, a 1-game improvement on last year. Pretty good and about even with expectations.

My concern is that we are going to finish the last 3 games 1-2 at best, with 0-3 a good possibility (more so than going 2-1).


November 10th, 2013 at 4:01 PM ^

9-3 or 8-4 was about my expectations for this season. However, the way we've gone 6-3 to this point has been was below my expectations. I am mostly still proud of the way the defense has kept us in the games.

I remember attending the Michigan-OSU game in 1993. We were 6-4. OSU was undefeated. We destroyed them to the point the 28-0 score was deceiving. That was awesome. We ended up a fairly satisfying 8-4 that year.

I just don't see it happening this time around. I really hope we're all wrong!


November 10th, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

I was at the '93 game.  It did not feel like a shocking surprise at the time, despite our record.

The four games we lost that year were all winable.  There was no game were we did not have a realistic chance.  That's not true this year.  


Michigan Arrogance

November 11th, 2013 at 7:41 AM ^

Sat, Sep 14
Sat, Sep 21
Sat, Oct 12
Penn State
Sat, Nov 9

and reeling w/o half their offenseive starters and no defense

Not exactly a murderers row right there.

The NU game was the best "performance" against the highest quality opponent since ND. ND is our only quality win. solid wins vs Minn, IU, CMU. Utterly destroyed by MSU.

this is the worse performance against the worst schedule - certainly comparable to 2009 if not 2008.

The point is, you can't pull the "we almost won in the 4th in 2/3 losses, when we almost lost to akron and uconn- and those were closer games against poorer opponents.

If not for 2008 & 09, this would be the worst Michigan team going back to the 60s, at least.


November 13th, 2013 at 8:06 PM ^

Taking another special break from my MGo exile, because I respect you. The OP said we were competitive in our 4 losses in 1993 as opposed to this year. I pointed out that we were "competitive" in two thirds of our losses this season. So my point, even by your logic, is valid.

Also, the team I'd most compare this one to is 1984.