I was very dissapointed in the team's performance on Saturday and quite baffled as to how we continue to be ignorant to the fact that we simply cannot run the ball conventionally. The Nebraska game has been previously covered in several posts so it's not worth ranting over in this one. Can this team beat a B1G winless Northwestern team? Can this team beat a decent Iowa team on the road? The Ohio game is going to be tough obviously. Let's say that we go a modest 8-4 in the regular season and draw a manageable bowl matchup. Can we beat another conference's 4th or 5th best team?
I know pessimism will probably trump this entire post but just bear with me for a second. Northwestern is worse than we are. Iowa is not too tall of a task if we adjust our offensive gameplan. Ohio is going to be a very difficult matchup for us and we will be a massive underdog. Michigan played well in the bowl game last year against South Carolina and should have beaten a very good Gamecock team. Michigan can go 9-4 folks. It is possible and that is what we as a fanbase should focus on. How can we get there?
The difference between finishing 9-4 with some momentum and respectability and going 7-6 or 8-5 is huge because it shows life. 9-4 is nothing to brag about but it's respectable and in recruiting, recruits could be sold on the premise that they could be the missing links in turning a 9-4 record into a 11-2 record or better. We have to keep this class of 2014 together and a 9-4 Michigan team with players like Peppers...Hand...Mcdowell...Harris...Speight....Ferns....Cole....Mone....Marshall and coming on board for team 135....things start to look up quickly. Add a new line coach and some extra emphasis on next season's B1G schedule and we could be a YEAR away from restoring Michigan football. Look at Auburn this season for example. We need work on our Offensive staff for sure but the program infastructure and recruiting muscle is there for a quick bounce back guys.
This is Michigan and will always be Michigan. Through thick and thin believe because when it gets turned around...it's going to feel pretty awesome. Until then just enjoy the ride as much as you can and lean on M Basketball and the Lions!
Beat Northwestern and Go Blue!