If you're of at least certain age or just happen to like 1980's teen movies, then no doubt you've seen Red Dawn. The movie has had enough staying power to inspire a sequel which should come out in less than a month. For many of us, it seems unlikely that the remake could ever live up to the original. The quick thumbnail is that a group of kids who call themselves Wolverines (after their high school mascot) practice guerilla tactics after their hometown is invaded. Despite their brave efforts, only two of the kids manage to escape with their lives while the rest end up dead. Those of us who grew up during the Cold War would never think of rooting for the Reds, but with Michigan coming to town we now can look at this movie in a whole new way.
The metaphors are plentiful. First, the Big Red army invades leaving the stunned and unprepared locals at a huge disadvantage. The movie is set in Colorado (which might actually make even more sense), but certainly a night game at Memorial Stadium has been a major disadvantage for most every team that's tried to play there. The Soviets gain an advantage with an air raid. The Huskers lead the Big Ten in pass efficiency. The Wolverines are badly outnumbered (have you noticed how few players are allowed to travel in the Big Ten?).
The Wolverines are sneaky. Watch for the quarterback draw out of passing sets. If things start to go badly, they might turn on their own (remember when Daryl was forced to swallow a tracking device?) The Wolverines also cry a lot (to the officials on Saturday one might imagine). Borrowing from Wikipedia: The Wolverines' morale erodes as the war of attrition takes its toll.
As the movie ends, the invading Colonel encounters the mortally wounded Wolverines and lets them wander off into a park to die rather than arrest or execute them on the spot. This may be where Bo Pelini takes a knee rather than punch it in late to run up the score (take note, Urban Meyer). The kids placed the names of those who lost their lives on a rock. Michigan's loss will be written on the scoreboard.
That's the movie I'd like to see. Again and again.