If you're like me you had pretty much emotionally checked out of the season by the end of the Wisconsin game. You also felt for the first time a bit of doubt about the coaching staff by the end of that game...Saturday, while tough, went pretty well given that. I offer the following:
1. The defense was over-matched at times but not clueless;
2. The offense could move the ball fairly well considering they didn't have Minor and Molk;
3. Tate Forcier, of the five turnovers, is a true freshman* playing the toughest position in football in a particularly demanding offense;
4. An OSU fan has already said to me today that they're glad next year's game is in Columbus and that Saturday was "too close." Living here in Ohio, I'm very happy to have heard this.
It was easy to get down or negative in the last three or four weeks of the season, but I think Saturday was in some ways a good game. That Michigan team should lose to that OSU team by about that score...I came away from Saturday feeling like I did about the team at the very beginning of the season. They're too young and need to fill out the defense, but there's reason to believe that this will be fixed (in fact, I can guarantee you that Tate Forcier will age). Michigan played on Saturday like a team that knew what it wanted to do and that had a lot of pride. They just weren't as good as Ohio State...My only complaint right now is that we have to wait until Sept. to see what these guys can do next year.
*Yes, to some I'm beating a dead horse here. But others still seem to need to be reminded that Michigan has a 19-year-old leading the offense.