Seeing the beat-downs that both Oregon and Oklahoma suffered last night, I thought they provided some helpful context for our recent debacle in East Lansing. Even though the Oregon game ended up being close, it was a beat-down. And Oklahoma got crushed. The lesson: there are some teams that just have another team's number for a stretch of time. MSU knows how to beat Michigan, just as Stanford knows how to beat Oregon.
This does not make us equal to Oregon, although we may be closer to Oklahoma. But it does remind us that we just had a really bad game and need to move on without despair. We have things to fix and hopefully it will get better. Our offense can light up a bad defense for 700 yards and then get crushed by a great defense. It does not mean the sky is falling. It means, as Brady Hoke has said, that we need to get better. It means that we have some really good parts to our offense and a glaring weakness that we have to overcome.
It also means that we have a serious challenge before us, one that we may be embarrassed to admit but which is real anyway: We will know we have passed a milestone when we go up to State and beat them on the road, hopefully next year.