The Michigan Wolverines entered Kinnick Stadium as 21-point favorites over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday evening and things did not go according to plan for Jim Harbaugh’s team. The offense struggled throughout the evening, scoring just 13 points and posting only one touchdown, and Iowa took full advantage in the closing minutes by kicking a game-winning field goal.
In the aftermath, the troll jobs were flying fast and furious from fans of other Big Ten programs and Michigan rivals, but perhaps the most interesting take came from the North Dakota State Bison.
Earlier in the year, NDSU knocked off Iowa on the road, and the FCS power was not shy about reminding Michigan about that fact. The jab was subtle enough that only those paying attention would have understood the full context, but the Bison can now claim a victory over a common opponent of Michigan’s, and that is not a bad thing for an off-the-radar program.
The Wolverines still have their goals in front of them with a victory over Ohio State (in Columbus) and a Big Ten title shot the following week, but Michigan’s margin of error is long gone and North Dakota State reminded them in direct fashion.