One of the things I don't think most fans appreciate and I know the MSM doesn't even understand is the difficulty Michigan faces in turning the corner.
We were still every teams Super Bowl this year despite all of our struggles. Teams are even more excited top play us because they see a great chance at victory as well. Ohio st is the only other team that gets this treatment in the Big Ten, but while those teams "get up" for OSU deep down they know they don't have much chance so you see a lot of teams implode once they get down. We might have been 9-2 or 10-1 right now if this exact team was dressed in green and white.
Once we get up and rolling in terms of overall talent and teams fear us again we should have an easier time. but getting there is going to be that much tougher, because of who we are.
There are a lot more factors other than playing Michigan but look at some of the teams that we played this year.
UConn- After we beat them down they spiraled out of control, but they have since gained their footing and lead the Big East
ND-They spiraled out of control as well before their late surge to get bowl eligible.
Ind- Lynch was "All In" against Mich after that they have been even more awful than usual.
MSU- They have continued on, but they were terrible the week after against Ill and haven't played well since then
Iowa-Eh they've been all over the map.
Penn St.-They've been ok but they did fall down 21-0 to NW the week after.
Ill- They tanked against Minn enough said
Pur- D. Hope can coach because they kicked the Spartans ass before imploding. I lost a lot of money on the assumption they were all done and couldn't score anyway. Quite an impressive performance considering their injuries.
Just a thought when you get depressed about our lack of progress. Our progress is going to come in chunks not little bites.