So I know that we are all somewhat down about the team's performance against a clearly inferior team. Me too - very frustrating to watch our defense get shredded by a cupcake team. Also disappointing that until the 4th quarter, our RBs couldn't really take over the game.
That said, I think that over the course of the season, a game like this will help, and not hurt us. Why? Because our team (in particular our defense) is simply not good enough to win without coming out and playing every game as if it is a crucial, season-on-the-line match up. The defense against ND, while nothing to get excited about, was mediocre. This is their ceiling, but withour offense, a mediocre defense should be enough for us to beat all of the "easy" teams and at least hang with the harder teams such as OSU, Wisco, Iowa and PSU.
Michigan was picked by just about everyone to be a bad team this year. After the 2-0 start against decent teams, and the Denard for Heisman hype, it is always possible for a team - especially a young team - to start buying into its own press. A game like this, where we won by less than a TD, our defense sucked and our special teams were crappy, should help keep the team grounded and hungry. Look at Craig Roh's statement - he acknowledged that they played like crap and vowed never to let it happen again. An admission that Michigan came out soft and an indication that the team gets it.
I would expect to see the team come out fired up next week, (even though it is only Bowling Green), and to carry that intensity into Big Ten play.