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This or that: Trey Burke’s block that wasn’t vs. Louisville or ‘The Spot’ at Ohio State

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Which play would you want history to be changed on?

Michigan v Louisville Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Unfortunately, there are a number of moments in recent Michigan Wolverines history that we wish we could snap our fingers and change. Not to play the victim card here or anything, but Michigan fans really have had it rough with a pair of pivotal moments in the history of a handful of their programs.

So we took to social media earlier this week to ask our readers a question between two of the craziest moments that went the other way in the modern era.

Let’s set the stage for each.

The Spot

By now, you know what happened here. Despite having numerous other chances to put The Game away in Columbus, Michigan had OSU dead to rights on 4th and 1 to seal a win, trip to the Big Ten Title game and potential playoff berth in 2016. Except the Buckeyes were given a generous spot, and would go on to win the game on the next play in double overtime.

The Block

Down 67-64 with five minutes to go in the national title game against Louisville, Trey Burke goes up and gets a clean block on Peyton Siva (Louisville fans will tell you Burke bodied him, hence the foul), but the refs blew the whistle. Now, this one does not have a direct correlation like the The Spot does, but this was a momentum shifter and also got Burke into foul trouble. This one does not get talked about enough, honestly.

My pick: The Spot

This was a ripple in time that could have changed the outlook of everything. In year two under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan would have:

  • Gotten his first win over Ohio State
  • Won the Big Ten East title and went to Indy
  • Potentially in the College Football Playoff
  • Balance of power potentially shifts to Wolverines, gap closes with OSU

A lot of Michigan fans have kind of embarrassed themselves with how they reacted to this moment, but it does not make it any less painful. I honestly cannot tell you if JT Barrett got that first down or not. Why don’t you send me more Microsoft Paint screengrabs of it?

So, which is it, fans?


Which moment in Michigan history would you change if you could?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Trey Burke’s block
    (70 votes)
  • 80%
    J.T. Barrett’s spot
    (290 votes)
360 votes total Vote Now

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