You can exhale, Michigan football fans.
Sure, the Wolverines’ 24-21 double-overtime victory against Army was ugly. And, sure, you’ve got more questions about Josh Gattis’ “Speed in Space” offense than you had entering the season.
But a win’s a win.
And in the big-money world of college football, it’s better to pay a school $1.5 million and beat it than to pay a school $1.5 million and get beat.
That’s exactly how much Michigan paid Army to play Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor, according to sports business analyst Darren Rovell.
Michigan trailed Army 14-7 at halftime, fumbled four times, rallied in the second half and avoided becoming the second Power 5 program this season to spend big and get beat. (In Week 1, Tennessee lost to Georgia State after a $950,000 payout.)
Even with a win, that’s a lot of money to scare the hell of Michigan fans.
And, boy, were they scared.
Army struggled to put away Rice in Week 1, but on Saturday the Black Knights looked more than capable of beating the preseason favorite in the Big Ten.
Here are some of the more amusing reactions from social media:
Michigan lost three fumbles on Saturday (including two from Patterson). It lost three fumbles all of last season.
But, hey, at least Urban Meyer isn’t coaching in the Big Ten anymore. Now, um, he’s teaching leadership classes and breaking down Michigan’s less-than-stellar offense at halftime.
So, how is offensive coordinator Josh Gattis doing in his first season at Michigan?
The game went to overtime after Army missed a would-be winner:
And then there’s this:
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