Ok, I get it. The 2009 edition of Michigan isn't that great. The D sinks and the O can't hold onto the ball but check out the 2004 Ohio State squadron:
September 4 Cincinnati W 27-6 1-0 (0-0)
September 11 Marshall W 24-21 2-0 (0-0)
September 18 at North Carolina State W 22-14 3-0 (0-0)
October 2 at Northwestern L 33-27 3-1 (0-1)
October 9 Wisconsin L 24-13 3-2 (0-2)
October 16 at Iowa L 33-7 3-3 (0-3)
October 23 Indiana W 30-7 4-3 (1-3)
October 30 Penn State W 21-10 5-3 (2-3)
November 6 at Michigan State W 32-19 6-3 (3-3)
November 13 at Purdue L 24-17 6-4 (3-4)
November 20 Michigan W 37-21 7-4 (4-4)
December 29 vs. Oklahoma State W 33-7 8-4 (4-4)
(Remember this is 4-7 Penn st. in 2004 not current penn st)
Right you say, but ill bet this team didnt get outgained by everyone in the Big Ten like Michigan has Well you would be wrong:
Nc State 256 - 137 Osu
Northwestern 444! - 308 Osu
Wisky 344 - 244 Osu
Iowa 448! -177 Osu
Penn St 246 - 202 Osu
Sparty 407 -307 Osu
Purdue 384 338 Osu
So Ohio State was out-gained by every BCS team other than Indiana heading into the Michigan Game. Also in 5 of 7 games they were outgained by more than 100 yards. Remember this is all with an eventual Hiesman winner at QB.
I remember thinking what a mess this team was when they lost 3 in a row to Big Ten opponents. Including an absolute thrashing by Iowa, where they were down 33-0. I thought there was no way this mess in Columbus could beat the Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines in 2004.
This looks very similar to Michigans current season right up to the Illinois game. Now I know you cant just throw that game out. But if Minor keeps his elbow up on 4th down we are talking about winning 9 games and how the team is back on track.
No one likes the way the team folded vs Illinois, but honestly if Minor gets in and we win, this is still the same team for the rest of the year. I think Michigan can get 2 of the next 3. Go to a decent bowl game, get lots of practice for a young team and win big. Setting up a decent 2010. The safety and LB hole isnt gonna get fixed overnight, but I still think this team can have sucsess.