There’s a problem when a team is coronated to win a big game before playing in it — sometimes the other team has something to say about it.
That was the case for the Michigan Wolverines against the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl —
the maize and blue were far and away the favorites.
And when Donovan Edwards ripped off a big run on the opening offensive play, it looked all but ordained that Michigan would emerge the victor.
However, they play games for a reason, and after two J.J. McCarthy pick-sixes, two missed scoring opportunities on the goal line,
a handful of missed tackles that resulted in TCU touchdowns,
the Wolverines were heading back to Ann Arbor while the Horned Frogs went to LA to play Georgia in the national championship game.
Now that the Wolverines are in spring ball and preparing for another season where they’ll likely be prohibitive favorites to at least play in the championship game,
many of the players are going back and reflecting on what happened in late December, knowing that he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.