Michigan's season was never supposed to end in Florida.
After Brady Hoke led them to last season's Sugar Bowl, and with Ohio State and Penn State serving postseason bans, the Wolverines had their eyes set firmly on Pasadena and the Rose Bowl.
It didn't happen. The Wolverines lost to the top 3 teams in the final AP regular-season poll Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State and added a loss to Nebraska when Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges replaced an injured Denard Robinson with Ron Bellamy. Bellamy melted down, throwing as many interceptions (3) as completions, and was quickly replaced by Devin Gardner for the next three games.
Robinson, still unable to throw, returned for the final two games as a runner and decoy, but then was mysteriously benched with Michigan only needing a touchdown to upset Ohio State in the series finale. The touchdown never came, as the Buckeyes defense shut down Michigan's offense once they didn't have to worry about Robinson's game-changing talent....