I hate Michigan with every fiber in my body. You should have seen the series of texts that went on between my brother and I last night during the Giants game when Jason Avant dropped an easy TD. The frustration in Michigan fans is the greatest thing ever. I could literally hear him swearing up a storm after each text I sent. The ineptitude of the Michigan team is awesome. Seeing them struggle fills my hears with joy.
I hate their fans’ annoying arrogance. Whenever they fail on the football field or any other athletic contest, they point to how great their academics are. What the hell does that have to do with you getting your butt kicked on Saturdays? They think tradition will save them, just as Notre Dame fans continue to think the same. Both think college football needs them. College football doesn’t need either program to be successful. Michigan sucks, and I love it.
This could all be a moot point come 3:30 pm next Saturday afternoon if a certain game goes wrong for me, but this weekend I plan on cheering the University of Michigan as they take on Ohio State. Ask any Buckeyes fan and they will tell you that it has been 12,543, 654,989 days since Ohio State last lost to Michigan, give or take a couple days. But hey, upsets happen all the time in college football, right? John Cooper, anyone?
I understand there are certain rules in fandom. Probably the biggest rule of all is that you do not root for your rival. The easy way out of this is to say that you aren’t rooting for said rival, but that you are rooting against the team they are playing. This would be simple enough, and some people would accept it. Smart fans know otherwise and would call you out on such bull. I think there needs to be an exception to the rule, and this Saturday is the perfect test case.
The Michigan State Spartans pulled a win out of their ass this past weekend on Senior Day in East Lansing. This gave them their 10th win, only the 3rd time in school history this has happened. This kept them in a 3-way tie for first place in the Big Ten. The tie-breaker for a 3-way tie happens to be BCS ranking. Both Wisconsin and Ohio State will finish ahead of the Spartans in the BCS if all 3 win this upcoming weekend. Not griping about that, in fact I think that is the most fair since Michigan State and Ohio State didn’t play one another. The transitive property would work really well for the Spartans, but that isn’t exactly fair. Ohio State would most likely go to the Rose Bowl, and Wisconsin most certainly would be selected for a BCS game. It is in the realm of possibility that Wisky could hold off OSU in the BCS Standings, but unlikely. Basically, MSU is going to the Capital One Bowl with a loss to Penn State or a 3-way tie. I’m perfectly happy with a Big Ten Title, even if it means just a tie and no BCS berth, but the Rose Bowl is something special. It is tied to the Big 10 Champ. Whoever plays in that game will be recognized as the greater team. I want the Rose Bowl.
This is where Michigan comes into play. The Wolverines are not a good football team. Denard Robinson is a fun player to watch for the sake of college football fandom. He isn’t polished, but he is a freak of an athlete that can make big plays because of how fast and mobile he is. The Wolverine WRs are average at best, they have terrible special teams, and that defense is, um, horrendous. No other way to describe it. They can score points though. Teams haven’t really shut them down all season. The one thing that has consistently stopped Michigan’s offense has been their knack for turning the ball over. Michigan’s chances for beating Ohio State rest in them taking care of the rock. A tall task indeed. We know they can’t stop anyone, so they will just need to light up the Horse Shoe.
I will pump my fist anytime Michigan scores this weekend. I will holler it up if Terrelle Pryor throws a punt. Michigan State fans want Michigan to win. A school record 11 wins would be friggin great to go along with a conference title, but when the season begins it is all about the Rose Bowl. I’m not going to pussyfoot around and play the “I’m rooting for OSU to lose” card. I will not be wearing Maize and Blue (though, they do make Green), I will not be singing Hail to the Victors, but you better believe I will be going crazy if they win and it puts us into the Rose Bowl.