Michigan Football: Wolverines' Poor Season Will Turn Ugly After Bowl Beatdown

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines cheers on his team after a first quarter field goal at Michigan Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Reeling from a loss to rival Ohio State that came on the heels of a disappointing season, things are bad for Michigan. But they are going to get worse. 

The Wolverines' woes started from their first week as they took on Alabama as the nation's No. 8 team and were embarrassed 41-14. 

This is not to say the season has been a total disaster for the Wolverines. After all, they are 8-4 and No. 19 in the BCS standings. 

And they are headed to a quality bowl game, but therein lies the problem. They are going to get crushed in whichever game they wind up in. 

The Wolverines are likely headed to the Capital One Bowl, or the Outback Bowl. This isn't a certainty, and if a bad Wisconsin team somehow manages to win the Big Ten Championship game, the Wolverines could wind up in the Gator Bowl. 

While heading to the Gator Bowl would be a blow to the collective ego of Michigan, at least they would have a chance to win. However, that scenario is unlikely. 

This will leave the Wolverines to the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl. 

In either, the Wolverines will be matched up with an SEC team, likely Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M or South Carolina. They can't hang with any of those teams. 

We've already seen what Alabama will do to them, and the others wouldn't be much different.

The Wolverines' defense is not nearly as good as anticipated. They are 20th in the nation in points allowed, and held Ohio State under its season average by allowing just 26. However, that defense is not dominant enough to keep the Wolverines in a game with a team from the SEC that has the defense to stymie a Michigan offense that has been stuffed too often. 

There will be no happy ending to this Wolverines' season.