I know alot of us are disappointed after the results of the past four weeks of Michigan games. But after looking at the latest polls I got to thinking...how would I view Michigan if they were any other team?
Well here it goes. Close your eyes for a moment and think about the team I am going to describe for you. This team could be any BCS conference team that is not Michigan. They are a traditional power but have recently undergone a big transition both in coaching and program philosophy. Last year was an absolute disaster, a shocker ever to the most casual college football fan. Much worse is that at the end of the year they seemed to lose most of their best players on defense. On offense they really had no hope of improvement outside of the chance that a pair of true freshman could defy all odds and do more than Tim Tebow was ever asked to do in his first year.
Then imagine this team jumps out to a 4-0 start, already surpassing their win total from the year before. They come back to reality with a close loss on the road to a rival who is supposed to have their best team in years. They then lose 2 of their next 3. But those to losses are to the 7th and 12th ranked teams (AP polls) and one of them was a night game on the road and came down to the last seconds. Despite the skid, this team that had little real reason for optimism when the season started is sitting at 5-3 with a solid chance to get to a bowl game.
Once you've visualized this hypothetical team, open your eyes and realize that it's Michigan and that things aren't that bad afterall. I think the main reason for our disappointment is that we know that the team could have played much better and probably won one or two more games. But that's also a reason for optimism, because it basically means that at some point we are going to get it together, and when we do we can beat anyone on our schedule. It may not happen until next year maybe even 2011. But I think it can and will happen if we just stay the course. Personally I'm hoping that it happens in about 4 weeks. But even if it doesn't I think it's helpful to occasionally step back and see how far we've come.