Michigan football trolled by ESPN in the most brutal way

Jalen Watts-Jackson, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Jalen Watts-Jackson, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

ESPN had to remind Michigan football fans of something horrible from 2015.

Michigan football would like to forget what happened vs. Michigan State football back in 2015.

Too bad ESPN College Football wants the internet to never forget what occurred in that Big Ten rivalry game. It was Jim Harbaugh’s first year as the Michigan Wolverines head coach. It was 23-21 Wolverines with merely seconds on the clock. Deep in their own territory, they were forced to punt. Good coverage would have ended the ball game. Then, something unthinkable happened.

Michigan punter Blake O’Neill fumbled the snap. Michigan State cornerback Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up the loose ball en route to most glorious pay dirt. The result was a shocking 27-23 victory for the Spartans in The Big House. Mark Dantonio’s team remained undefeated, as the Spartans went on to win the Big Ten Championship and reach the College Football Playoff.

As for Michigan, we got arguably the greatest and most definitive example of the surrender cobra of all time. The Wolverines have yet to win the Big Ten East in the five years since Harbaugh became their head coach. Three of their most hated rivals (Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State) have all won conference championships in Indianapolis since this fateful moment.

ESPN tweets out the best surrender cobra ever, trolling Michigan football.

For a while, Michigan State was arguably the best program in the Big Ten in the early 2010s. Dantonio won three conference titles, guiding the Spartans to their first College Football Playoff in the second year of the four-team tournament. However, things haven’t been the same for them since being trounced by the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the playoff.

Dantonio infamously collected a retention bonus back in January before peacing out on the program. The Spartans were left to scramble to find a suitable replacement. Though they did find one in Mel Tucker, he had to leave the Colorado Buffaloes extremely late in the offseason cycle after only one sub-.500 year in Boulder. Michigan State is obviously rebuilding now under Tucker.

As for Michigan, it feels like another third-place finish in the Big Ten East this year. Even though the Big Ten is going conference-only this fall, the Wolverines will probably be looking up at the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions in some order. Should Michigan knock off either rival, then maybe it will be the Wolverines’ turn to do some damage in Indianapolis?

If you want to get under Michigan football’s skin, just tweet out a picture of the surrender cobra.

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