The final Misery Index of the season is always the worst one to land on because there’s nowhere to escape for the next nine months. Though a bowl game performance can sometimes change the narrative for a team going into the offseason, that’s pretty rare. Generally speaking, a fan’s final impression of a team is going to be formed by the games with the highest stakes.
And for a team like Michigan, there’s no game of more importance to its annual ego check than playing Ohio State. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at how easily coach Jim Harbaugh was triggered after his team was blown out by the Buckeyes for the second consecutive year.