I truly appreciate everyone's optimism, but this sucked. We became Illinois's only FBS defeated opponent this year. I made a comment about how for some strange reason (possibly having to do with the universe lining up against us), no game is a given because mobile 3rd string QB's have a habit of coming alive against us. I would give anything for that to amount to unnecessary paranoia.
It sucks. I know, there are gaping holes in defense, the 1st 2 QB's are true freshmen who have been playing like it, 4 DC's in 5 years. I doubt the players weren't trying, but they were far from their best. Only Brandon Graham was giving his best. We went from upsetting ND to losing to Iowa by 2 with a chance to come back (to be fair, we also barely beat Indiana), to getting crushed by an old-school (read: bad) Illinois team. 4-and-out on the goal line against one of the worst rush defenses in the country?? How did we get so embarrassingly bad? I have no idea how it will happen, but winning against Purdue is absolutely crucial. Dammit, it felt like Michigan was on its way to fulfilling Rittenberg's best-case scenario. In a cruel twist, the other one has begun to appear more likely.
Please Rich Rod work some more magic. Bring this team back.