This is not meant to be an excuse by any means, but Michigan can't win games by sneaking up on anyone like those other schools do. We've been kicking people's butts for so long that we are a huge game for pretty much anyone we play, regardless of our record. This is why I think its silly when people say "what good teams have we beaten?!" Everyone brings their A game against us which is why I think we have been winning the games we're supposed to win and losing to teams that are objectively better than us. We just can't sneak up on teams who would take a team like NU, Minnesota or Purdue lightly.
Again, not an excuse. We need to get to a level where we're not overmatched by teams by a wide margin. And I think with all the young kids we have currently and them growing as they should, that will happen next year.