No offense, Mdan, but you've constructed quite the Strawman here. I'm not sure anyone is arguing that Lloyd, Mallett, and Boren would make this a 9 or 10 win team. If you saw the thread on these boards titled "where would be with Lloyd?" everyone pretty much thought that we'd be looking at 6-8 wins, with little brightness in the future. Would the media rank us? Sure, but the media is made up of people who call asshats like Jay Marriotti and Drew Sharp "colleague".
So, essentially, you've created a hypothetical "SI and other would then be typically Bullish on Michigan", and then railed against it.
I'm not trying to be overly argumentative, or even a dick. Merely pointing out an observation.
Oh, and remember, we're rated #24 in one of the polls, so it's not like we're being universally condemned.