I find it deeply ironic to glance at the forum posts and the tone of many titles, the angst, the handwringing, the anger, only one week after the OSU/Purdue debacle. Et tu, Brutus? We can gleefully rip OSU fans for their response to Pryor and to Tressel, but then only a scant seven days later, see the same thing from many posters when we lose.
That is bad enough, but what is worse is the similarity here of some UM posters to many of the typical "Little Brother" fans. Specifically, Sparty has often been high as a kite after beginning the season winning 3 or 4 cupcake Non-Con games and one against Northwestern or Indiana or the like. After losses to Michigan, PSU, OSU, et al, they come crashing bitterly back to reality.
What has Michigan done this year? Beat two directional schools, a glorified high school team, a Big 10 bottom feeder, and Notre Dame. I'll gladly take the five wins to date, but the reality of Freshmen QBs, and a woefully raw defense, learning under the 3rd DC in 3 years, is NOT going to be pretty. And honestly, I think that Brian and crew have been pretty consistent in their assessment of the team.
Three final thoughts.
I still love watching this team, and am excited about the future. Yes, they make mistakes, but I see good things coming. I am so glad that we didn't settle for what I'll call "good mediocrity." That sounds like an oxymoron, but I'm talking about the 8 - 4, 9 - 3, and rare 10 - 2 teams. Often in the middle of the top 25, but not at the top.
I really don't think you can overestimate the affect of Freshman QB's, and experienced and skilled QB's. To have a full playbook available makes a huge difference.
I still like our chances in many, if not all, of the remaining games.