For the second straight year, the Michigan Wolverines went into their matchup with their in-state rival Michigan State with an undefeated record and thoughts of making a statement to the college football world, but once again, they failed to make good on the early-season promise they had shown.
After falling to the Spartans 28-14 in East Lansing on Saturday, Michigan now stands at 6-1 on the season with a No. 18 ranking in the BCS standings.
The Wolverines will now have an off-week to regroup, refocus and prepare for the stretch run of the season.
Left on the docket are Purdue, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State.
While that schedule is not overwhelming or daunting by any stretch of the imagination, it does present its fair share of challenges.
The goal for Michigan should be to win three out of those five games and finish the regular season with a very respectable and impressive 9-3 record and the chance to push that win total into double-digits with a bowl victory.
It will be easier said than done, though.
The Wolverines shouldn’t have much trouble plowing through Purdue, but none of those last four games will come easy.
After last year’s disastrous late-season collapse, hopefully the players on this Michigan team learned a valuable lesson about how quickly a season can spiral out of control.
It should interesting to see how Michigan handles a little adversity.
Will they regroup and contend for a chance to make it to Indianapolis, or will the Wolverines collapse for the second straight year?