Playing against the Wolverines in the Big House used to be one of the most feared experiences in all of college football. That was until Appalachian State pulled off a shocker winning 34-32 in 2007, all but sealing Lloyd Carr’s ticket out of town. Oregon followed that surprise up with a 39-7 drubbing that showcased Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart, proving the Big House meant very little. Of course Rich Rodriguez took over the following year, went 3-9, and the Wolverines were pwned at home by the likes of Utah, Toledo, and Northwestern. To say the Big House holds the same intimidation factor as it used to would be a stretch. Perhaps the UMass players are feeling it.
As the Minutemen walked onto the field Friday to scan things over, they were clearly in awe of the large stadium. Senior defensive back Ke’Mon Bailey was impressed but tried to downplay things. At the end of this video he calls the Big House the “Little House on the Prairie.” Check it out:
This probably didn’t have enough time to circulate with Michigan fans but I’m sure they won’t be too happy to hear it. Good thing Bailey got the jokes in before the game because after 60 minutes of chasing Denard Robinson around the field, he’ll be begging for mercy.