Jeeze, put the doobies down guys?
Then again, maybe not.
Is a Michigan upset of Wisconsin possible this fall? Sure.
I mean, ask Mike Riley at Oregon State if he ever thought in a million years that....a 17 point loss!...to a football program skimming the bottom of the ocean......at home!....Aw anyway, yeah it can happen.
Is it probable? Dude, don't ask. I'm just trying to bask in my own short-lived glory as a Michigan fan. You know, the glory that takes the form of two back-to-back wins (both by a nano-metric butt-hair, mind you) over Big Ten perennial "giants" Illinois and Purdue!
It must be said though that Michigan has had a hell of a time beating Wisconsin in Camp Randall in recent years. 2001 was the last Michigan win, and that over a really bad 5-7 Badger team. Camp Randall really is tough environment to play in, let alone win a football game.
Is Michigan's Big House that "tough"?
I find it interesting that Michigan Stadium has been a virtual graveyard for some of Wisconsin's finest football teams over the last 40 years. Badger fans that have travelled across or down and around Lake Michigan to Ann Arbor over the years have endured a lot when the Badgers have faced off against the Wolverines - and much of it inexplicable. The last Wisconsin win in Michigan Stadium? 1994, a 31-19 win over the Wolverines in Gary Moeller's final year. What about before 1994? Well, you'd have to go back in a freaking time machine to the John F. Kennedy administration and 1962, when QB Ron Vanderkelen was absolutely killin' foes on the way to one of Wisconsin's (8-2) early and brilliant Rose Bowl seasons.
In short, Michigan Stadium has been bad news for Wisconsin football in recent times. For whatever reason Wisconsin isn't quite Wisconsin when they play Michigan in Ann Arbor. No one knows why that is. As a UM fan I'm just grateful the surroundings, fans, stadium, cheese, beer, water....hell, whatever it is....gives Michigan something of an edge. Michigan is definitely going to need that edge again - any edge- this weekend.
So what about 2010's matchup?
Assuming zero turnovers and a great game for both the UM defense and Denard Robinson all wrapped in nice little Maize and Blue package, Michigan has a chance.
Any opinions expressed in Fanposts or Fanshots are not the opinions of Maize n Brew. Peruse at your own risk.