Michigan was coming off of a bye week. Michigan was looking ahead. Michigan wanted to rest Mike Hart. All of these things point to a letdown. But the Wolverines looked to be playing their best football on Saturday as they dominated and destroyed the Indiana Hoosiers 41-7 in the first half. Starters came out, and the second string allowed just one touchdown and Michigan won by a 41-14 margin. In the tune up before another epic battle with the toothless losers from Columbus, the Wolverines seem to be firing on all cylinders, poised to lock up a second place Big Ten finish, and with a little help (from those other idiots in green) could find themselves three-peating as champs and in a BCS bowl once again.
It always seems to come down to Michigan-Ohio State, and here we are once again. Beat the Buckeyes, and you ruin their BCS chances and leave your season up to Sparty. Lose to the Buckeyes, and you hand them a chance for an outright Big Ten championship, lower your record against Tressel to 1-4, and lose your third home game of the year. It's a game the Wolverines MUST win to complete the "great recovery of 2005" and move on to loftier goals in 2006.
We rounded up the group and headed to Damon's for our yearly banquet. Awards were given out for best smile (Adam and Chandra), most improved (Michelle and Frank Demski), most creative (me and the Captain), and tailgater of the year (Tugboat J). Pictures of the award winners and the day's events can be found on the Indiana picture page. Just one home tailgate remains, and this one is for all of the marbles. Bella Vino will have representatives coming around to judge for the Best Tailgate of the Year. I am unsure of the prize, or if there is a prize at all, but there is definitely bragging rights on the line, and maybe we even get to keep that trophy. The theme is Greek Food...so bring something good and arrive early...we all remember the nightmare that was 2003 Michigan-Ohio State.