Most of us (sorry Sparty fans) are among the biggest football week of our adult lives.
The Detroit Lions have what is presumed to be a division title on the line on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings – in front of a national TV audience who loves to ridicule the Lions for being the team that plays on Turkey Day.
Just two days later, this Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, with a trip to not only the Big Ten Championship but also the College Football Playoff at stake.
It really doesn’t get any bigger than this.
The Lions (6-4) have been a bizarre revelation this NFL season. Not many picked them to have much of a successful campaign this year and yet, despite proving many right early on by starting 1-3, Detroit has won 5 of the last 6 games and propelled themselves to a tiebreaker lead of the NFC North with six games left. The way they have been winning isn’t like anything the NFL has ever seen, as they have trailed in the fourth quarter of all ten of their matchups.
They are relatively one of the healthiest teams on the injury report after being dealt major blows early on and none the less persevering. The Lions are also well-tested and at this point, it seems like they can tread the rowdiest of waters.
The University of Michigan football team (10-1) is enjoying one of their more successful seasons in over a decade and head coach Jim Harbaugh has them playing at a championship contending level in his second season at the helm. A trip to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday is as big as it gets for the Wolverines and Buckeyes, as both are fighting for their College Football Playoff lives.
These two football teams share many fans, specifically in the State of Michigan and a win by both could have the Great Lakes State riding high on the waves of the sports world this weekend. Many would take at least one win between the two to cancel out the suck of the other failing. However, if both teams come up short this week then fans could be facing high anxiety by Saturday evening.
The spotlights will be on the Mitten in the North this week. A country will watch as teams from a state that is often thought of as a forgotten industrial giant in the Rust Belt, will try to show that the nature of pro and collegiate football in Michigan is as strong as any. And that’s why for fans of both – it doesn’t get any bigger than this in late November.