You’re the QB. The Man. Your team just lost the game, and even though there’s only 20+ ticks left on the clock, the odds are stacked against you. But here’s the thing, if you can muster up some magic, have a little luck, maybe even get a couple of lucky bounces, you will not only have a chance to win, but possibly carve your name into a long storied history of your program AND the league. You complete your first pass, BIG gain. Is this momentum? Your second pass could have been caught, but it wasn’t. And now it’s down to this, last play…echoes of Flutie or Kordell or “The Band is on the field...The Band is on the field!” Sweat drips down your nose. You hike the ball, roll left and…and…you fall flat to the ground. Game over.
Of course, there was more to the Michigan loss to Wisconsin. More to the fact that the offense, once again, couldn't get in from the goal line or maybe even that the play calling has become so stagnant (up the middle, up the middle, over the top, punt) or maybe this was in fact the moment that Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez (pictured above) finally beat Lloyd Carr. But something seriously stinks in Ann Arbor and it isn't from the dumpster outside of Alice Lloyd Hall.
How bout the fact that Michigan isn't ranked for the first time since October of '98? Or how about the fact that Michigan is projected to play in the Motor City Ball on December 26? But the telling thing is, looking at the schedule and looking at the way in which the team is playing, 4 more losses could be in the making. That would mean no bowl game.