Here I sit, preparing my questions for an upcoming Q&A with our friends over at Maize n Brew, and it hits me. I'm planning to lead off by discussing something which at first I just thought was just a little footnote, but as I glanced at it things became eerily reflective. Get this:
The 2006 Michigan Wolverines had gone 11-2, ending their season with a BCS bowl loss to a Pac-10 team.
The 2012 Kansas State Wildcats had gone 11-2, ending their season with a BCS bowl loss to a Pac-12 team.
Michigan opened the 2007 season against the two-time defending FCS champions.
Kansas State opened the 2013 season against the two-time defending FCS champions.
Appalachian State had gone 14-1 in 2006.
North Dakota State had gone 14-1 in 2012.
The Michigan-Appalachian State game was the first game ever broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
The Kansas State-NDSU game was originally slated to be the first game ever broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Kansas State lost.
Michigan proceeded to struggle before reeling off a solid winning streak.
Kansas State proceeded to struggle before reeling off a solid winning streak.
Michigan went on to win their bowl game.
The only real difference that stands out is that Michigan was ranked #5 in the pre-season and expected to contend for a national title in 2007, whereas K-State's prospects were decidedly less rosy in a rebuilding year. Still, this is Lincoln/Kennedy-level stuff. Wow.