ANN ARBOR, Mich. – When the brand new AP ballot got here out Sunday and Michigan was still included, it appeared like there a lot be some mistake.
If the team we all watched Saturday is likely one of the 25 greatest within the nation, the sport is in a tragic state. Irrespective of how a lot the Spartans improved in every week, Michigan shouldn’t have gotten bodily dominated on each side of the ball by a workforce that misplaced to Rutgers.
Based mostly on how MSU performed — particularly the defensive entrance and the passing assault on offense — this may not appear like a nasty loss by the tip of the season, However proper now, Michigan solely has two information factors on its resume, and the newest one is a house loss as a 21-point favourite.
The opposite — a once-impressive victory against ranked Minnesota — misplaced the remainder of its luster Friday night time.
Minnesota blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead in opposition to Maryland and fell to 0-2 on the season. By the way in which, that very same Maryland workforce misplaced to Northwestern by 40 factors the earlier week.
So inform me how Michigan might be ranked forward of Northwestern, for instance. Even worse, how did Michigan open as a favourite within the upcoming street sport in opposition to Indiana.
The Hoosiers took Michigan’s spot at No. 13 within the AP ballot, and so they have really earned their rating by means of two weeks.
Michael Penix willed Indiana to a top-10 win in opposition to Penn State within the opener, after which the Hoosiers dealt with Rutgers with ease Saturday.
Positive, Penn State is sitting proper there with Minnesota at 0-2, however there’s an enormous distinction between hanging round in opposition to Ohio State and dropping to Maryland.
Perhaps it’s the truth that Michigan hasn’t misplaced to Indiana since 1987, however that received’t matter when the 2 groups line up this weekend.
Michigan couldn’t deal with the reward that got here with beating up on Minnesota, and that led to a crushing loss. Jim Harbaugh is hoping that can function a wakeup name for his workforce, however ballot voters and oddsmakers didn’t appear to get the memo.
Rankings and level spreads don’t finally matter, however in a manner, they encapsulate Michigan soccer’s final twenty years: loads of hype and much more letdown.
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