After a disheartening loss to Nebraska last week, Michigan now has more losses than it had all of last season.
The 5-3 Wolverines saw Denard Robinson re-aggravate a nerve in his elbow in the 23-9 loss in Lincoln as backup Russell Bellomy went 3-of-16 for 38 yards while tossing three interceptions.
Fortunately for Michigan, Robinson will be back under center against Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Interestingly enough, the Wolverines still have a shot at the Big Ten championship this season. They are one game behind Nebraska in the Legends division and the Cornhuskers face a strong defense at Michigan State this week and Penn State the following week.
But the team simply has to get better.
A lot of blame has been placed on Michigan's coaching staff this season and the loss to Nebraska brought even more criticism.
One fan, who certainly isn't alone in Ann Arbor, called offensive coordinator Al Borges "horribly incompetent," per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
Meinke wouldn't go as far as to call out Borges, but he did say Michigan's offense is "over-reliant" on Robinson and "has become far too predictable."
On the other hand, as Meinke notes, Robinson's game-changing ability has always been used extensively by Michigan. The team generally rises and falls based on his performance and there aren't a whole lot of other legitimate game-changers on the offense this season for the Wolverines.
Another aspect of the team that needs to be examined is its run defense. After seemingly improving throughout the course of the season, the Wolverines' run defense allowed running back Ameer Abdullah and dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez to rush for a combined 159 yards last week.
As the staff at GBMWolverine.com pointed out this week, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was not particularly pleased with the fact that the Cornhuskers had success rushing the edges last week. In fact, linebacker Jake Ryan was reportedly called out in both the film room and on the practice field.
Still, the biggest problem for Michigan this season has been its inconsistent offense, and that starts with Robinson. The Wolverines scored a combined 89 points against Illinois and Purdue, then scored a combined 21 points against Michigan State and Nebraska.
Take it for what it's worth, but, in terms of Robinson's numbers, he has regressed in yards per attempt each season since his sophomore campaign. He's also thrown nine interceptions in eight games this season after tossing 15 interceptions in 13 games last season.
Michigan faces a Minnesota team next that has been solid against the pass, but horrid against the run. That should work in the program's favor because Robinson's legs tend to do more damage than his arm.
But, with a date looming against 9-0 Ohio State on Nov. 24, the Wolverines need to get better in a hurry.
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