The Ohio State-Michigan football game is huge every year, but 2016’s will stand forever as one of its most memorable for the controversial way it ended.
With Michigan up by a field goal in overtime, the Wolverines almost stacked up Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett on a fourth down, but the officials said they didn’t. OSU scored the winning touchdown shortly after the contentious fourth-down spot went his way.
Almost 52 weeks later, on the eve of the teams’ Saturday rematch in Ann Arbor, Michigan running back Karan Higdon does not sound over it.
“For me, I think everyone knows we definitely won that game, hands down,” Higdon told reporters on Monday. “But it is what it is. I can’t change the result. No one can. That was on us to put it in the hands of the refs.”
Also, a Michigan defensive lineman:
"Until I'm an old man I'll think he was short" -- Maurice Hurst— angelique (@chengelis) November 20, 2017
Whether these Wolverines are correct depends on who you root for.
Had Barrett been ruled down short of the sticks, that would’ve been game over. Ohio State and Michigan fans have argued for the last year — and will argue forever — about whether the spot Barrett got was fair. The stakes were enormous, with a Big Ten title on the line for Michigan and a Playoff bid in the balance for Ohio State.
It’s even a proper noun now: The Spot.
Fans of both teams have gone over the play like it’s the Zapruder film.
Now we know which side of the debate Higdon falls on.
Michigan fans will agree with him, at least.