The No. 22-ranked Michigan Wolverines were powerless against the No. 23-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers as the Wolverines dropped their third game against a ranked opponent, 23-9, thus proving their fraudulence as a Top 25 team.
Denard Robinson did leave the game in the second quarter with an aggravated nerve injury to his elbow, but even with the dual-threat quarterback, Michigan failed to get anything going on offense before his exit. The Wolverines offense produced a season low of 188 yards total, furthering the notion that Brady Hoke's squad is incapable of hanging with the best teams in the nation.
After an ugly loss to No. 2-ranked Alabama to start the season, the Wolverines dropped to No. 19 in the AP Poll and remained in the bottom half of the poll for most of this season. Michigan was dropped from the poll multiple times only to make their way back into the poll again and again. This team essentially rode Robinson's coattails back into the poll after big wins against Illinois and Purdue had them looking toward improvement.
Despite losses to Alabama and Notre Dame, Michigan continued to be a candidate as one of the powerhouses of college football, mostly in part of their Heisman hopeful quarterback. Heading into the matchup with Nebraska, Michigan was sitting comfortably as the No. 22-ranked team in the BCS standings ahead of much better teams, in my opinion, like 7-0 Ohio and 6-2 Wisconsin.
All season long, Michigan has been given shot after shot to prove they deserve to be in the BCS discussion, but this loss to Nebraska just goes to show that this team doesn't have what it takes to win the big games. If Robinson's injury is serious enough to keep him out of more games this season, it would only fuel the fact that the Wolverines should be dropped from the AP Poll and BCS standings—for good this time.
Aside from the two matchups against Alabama and Notre Dame, Michigan's schedule wasn't that tough. A win against Nebraska on Saturday may have kept Michigan's hopes alive, but it would have only delayed their downfall in the end.
The Wolverines may be tied in the Big Ten Legends Division with Nebraska, but that should be the only title they really deserve to be playing for. Even so, Nebraska still owns the tiebreaker. Three losses is enough to drop a team, but three ranked losses is enough to keep them down for good.
In Michigan's wins this season, they only managed to deliver blowout wins to teams like Massachusetts, Purdue and Illinois. If the Wolverines really wanted to make a statement, they should have beaten Michigan State in stunning fashion instead of the weak 12-10 victory they attained the previous week. The loss to Nebraska was simply the nail in the coffin for the Wolverines.
For a team that was so highly ranked at the beginning of the season, this wasn't the result we were expecting. Robinson was supposed to be the savior of the Michigan football program, and while he's had his moments, it hasn't been enough to make up for this team's performance as a whole.