What if Michigan football had defeated Ohio State this past season?
Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke decides to go for two. Down one point with only 32 seconds to go, this is a gutsy move indeed. Devin Gardner takes the snap, pumps right, pulls the ball down and charges the football up the middle and into the end zone. Michigan beats Ohio State 43-42! Hoke’s call t0 go for the two point conversation goes down as one of the all time great coaching decisions in U of M history and Michigan fans everywhere are rejoicing.
Doesn’t that sound nice? What Michigan fan wouldn’t have given anything for that scenario to have been reality? But there’s a catch..
What if Michigan winning this game allows offensive coordinator Al Borges to keep his job for another season?
Does that change things? Does the thought of Michigan keeping Al Borges as offensive coordinator make that win worth it?
Here are some facts help make your decision:
Beating OSU is fun
1. Although Michigan leads the overall series against Ohio State 58-45-6, Michigan has dropped 9 out of the last 10 against the hated Buckeyes.
2. Ohio State was undefeated going into this game, and were slated to play in the National Championship game.
3. A win against Ohio State would have given the Wolverines a 4-4 record in Big Ten play.
4. A win would have likely placed Michigan in the Gator Bowl
5. Urban Meyer kind of sucks.
Al Borges, blood pressure destroyer
1. Michigan had two games in 2013 where they had a negative rushing total.
2. Michigan rushed for their 3rd fewest yards per game since 1960.
3. Under the three years Al Borges was Michigan’s offensive coordinator, Michigan was held under 300 yards 11 times.
4. Michigan hired offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier following the season. Under Nussmeier, Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw a school record 26 touchdown passes.
5. Al Borges kind of sucks.
So what will it be? A win against Ohio State and another year of Borges, or a crushing loss and the eventual hiring of Doug Nussmeier? Vote down below and scroll down to the bottom to leave a comment. You can also give me your answer on twitter @gbMWint. I’ll post the my favorite comments on next weeks Weekly What-If?