Michigan Football: What We Learned from Week 1 Game vs. Alabama

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Michigan Football: What We Learned from Week 1 Game vs. Alabama
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Michigan couldn't piece together a sturdy offensive game plan Saturday in its 41-14 loss to Alabama.

Not even the mystique of the winged helmet could save the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines during their 41-14 loss Saturday to the second-ranked and defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

No, not even the rich history of the Wolverines program was enough to rattle Alabama, which poured on 21 points before Michigan got on the scoreboard.

Michigan, clearly, did not live up to its preseason hype during an embarrassing shelling courtesy of Alabama.

The beating could be looked at one of two ways, though: 1. Michigan got a hefty dose of SEC football, and it can apply the hard-learned lessons from Saturday's loss to the rest of the season, and 2. Michigan isn't even close to what it thought it was heading into this season.

Somewhere in between those two thoughts lies the truth.

The Wolverines are still one of the best teams in the Big Ten, even if they didn't show it against the Tide. However, one can't deny the fact that Michigan looked less like a contender Saturday and more of a pretender when it comes to hanging with the big boys.

Read Adam Biggers' live game blog from Saturday night, which highlights the highs and lows for each team.

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