Purdue vs. Michigan: Can the Wolverines Overcome Second-Half Struggles?

James BrownSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Nick Sheridan #8 of the Michigan Wolverines is sacked during the game against the Utah Utes on August 30, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Michigan Wolverines are looking to avoid a second half meltdown that has plagued them in the past. It all starts with today’s game against the Purdue Boilermakers. The Wolverines want to get on a winning track and stay there, unlike the road they have taken in the last few years.

During the 2010 season, the Wolverines came out the gate with a 5-0 start. Expectations were high and the sky was the limit for Michigan. They managed to lose the next five out of seven games, to include losing their last two games.

The 2009 season was even uglier. After winning the first four games of the season, the Wolverines self-destructed. They dropped seven out of eight games and the only win during that plummet was against lowly Delaware State.

A similar free fall happened in 2008. The Wolverines lost seven of the last eight games on the schedule. This has become an unfortunate habit in Ann Arbor and the Wolverines are well aware of the situation. In order to avoid the same fate, they will have to make some changes.

It all starts at the top with head coach Brady Hoke. Hoke brings a new intensity to this team and will not allow his team to hang their head after a loss. The Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season against Michigan State and had a bye week to put it behind them. Hoke used that bye week to rally his senior players to motivate his team and to avoid the dreaded “hangover” that can lead to more losses.

It is this attitude change that will keep Michigan on the winning track and change the recent second half plunge that Michigan has become accustomed to.


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