We all saw the abomination that was the Michigan defense today ... it wasn't even mildly mediocre. However, today also marked the first game that Brandon Herron missed due to injury. Without Herron in the lineup, Craig Roh is forced to play exclusively linebacker and Greg Banks is forced into starting at defensive end. The pass rush dramatically suffers as a result, giving the opposition ample time to pick apart our inexperienced and depleted secondary. The secondary has always been a problem ... it's just been disguised by a decent pass rush. When that disappeared, so did the defense's mediocrity.
All in all, the Michigan defense really isn't as horrible as they looked today. I'm sure they can play better, and mistakes were made that weren't present these past two weeks. But this does not mean that every Big Ten team will slap 40+ on us. UMass is not a bad team; their offense looked just as good as UConn's, if not better. The top FCS teams are almost all elite MAC quality ... this wasn't a fluke.
So don't panic. The team is still very young and a close call like this could refocus everybody going forward. A win is a win. Go Blue.