Why a Potential Rematch vs. Northwestern is Ideal if Michigan Handles Business

Why a Potential Rematch vs. Northwestern is Ideal if Michigan Handles Business

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Why a Potential Rematch vs. Northwestern is Ideal if Michigan Handles Business

The “revenge tour” is what has driven how this team has played for some games this year. With how Notre Dame is playing and if the odds can fall into the Wolverines favor, they could possibly be added to the list, if not they are on the menu for 2019 so they can only escape the Wolverines for so long.

So if Michigan is on their “revenge tour,” meaning they defeat Indiana this week and get their revenge against Ohio State next week, they can start looking at the Big Ten West for their matchup in Indianapolis. Looking at who they would play, Iowa would be the only choice that could be considered “revenge” after losing to them in 2016, hurting their playoff chances, as that loss started their downward spiral that year. The Hawkeyes gave Michigan its first loss of the season after starting 9-0, and the Wolverines limped down the stretch, finishing the year 10-3, having lost three of their final four games.

But, should that not be the case this year, it’s the Northwestern Wildcats  representing the Big Ten West in Indy in December. Even though Michigan defeated Northwestern this season, coming back down by 17, you could chalk this up as another “revenge tour” game for Michigan — in more ways than one, and to more team than one.

Northwestern will want their revenge against Michigan, but Michigan will want their revenge against themselves and how they played against Northwestern. It was the worst performance by the offense since Notre Dame and since then the offense hasn’t scored 20 points and less. The defense was getting beatdown like they were against Notre Dame, once again. Since then they have only allowed more than 17 points once and it was the next week against Maryland, who scored 21 and seven of those were in the final two minutes when the Wolverines had their backups in while up 42-14.

This Michigan team feeds off each other, trying to be better this week than they were last week, and you can believe that when they walked off that field after beating Northwestern, that they weren’t happy with how they played. They know they can play better, and right now, detractors can point at that Northwestern game and go “well, they almost lost to Northwestern.” And, while Northwestern is the Big Ten West champions, they are currently 6-4, Hopefully, when they play the winner of the Big Ten East in two weeks, they are 8-4.

No matter their record though, whether it’s 6-6, 7-5, or 8-4, Michigan would love to get another shot at Northwestern and play like they should have played that night. A big win over Northwestern can make the crowd of them barely beating Northwestern shut their mouths, as beating them twice, once handily, can set them up for a College Football Playoff appearance.

For now though, Michigan isn’t officially playing Northwestern just yet, they have to go through Indiana first, before the big game against Ohio State. But, if Michigan can manage to get through both teams, a rematch with Northwestern would be up next.

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