College Football Scores: Michigan's True Colors Shown in Dismal First Half vs. Iowa
What kind of team is Michigan? Well, the first half of their game vs. Iowa is giving us a nice clue.
At 7-1, Michigan is No. 15 in the BCS. The truth is that with that record, that's exactly where they should be. But even if it's where they should be, they are quite overrated to be there.
The Wolverines' schedule isn't exactly high quality. Their best win came against Notre Dame. But as bad as the Fighting Irish played that game in Michigan, the Wolverines were flat out lucky to come out with a last-second win.
With the exception of an inconsistent Notre Dame team, Michigan doesn't have a single quality win on their schedule. They had one chance, which came against Michigan State, and the Wolverines failed miserable at it.
Now, look at their first half vs. Iowa. Two turnovers and a missed PAT. That's just sloppy football and what we can expect from Michigan for the remainder of the season.
For the sake of argument, let's say that they come out and dominate the second half against the Hawkeyes and win. Is there any reason to believe that they will have a winning record in the final three-game stretch of at Illinois, and then home vs. Nebraska and Ohio State?
Based on what I have seen from them this season, I have the Wolverines beating Illinois, but dropping the final two games.
It's not that Michigan is a bad team. They are just rather common in the world of college football. They beat up bad opponents and then show up flat against ones that are even decent.
By the way, it's not exactly like Iowa has been dominant this season. Even on the road, there is no excuse for Michigan to be playing this way.
But they are playing this way.
What we saw in the first half is much closer to what we'll see from the Wolverines than what we saw from the 6-0 start was.
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