Want to know how to give up 65 points, 316 rushing yards, 88 offensive (OFF-ensive, not of-FEN-sive, though some definitely were) plays, 562 total yards, and five turnovers while still winning? Just ask the Michigan Wolverines.
I can say with certainty after this game that this is, without a doubt, the worst defense I’ve ever seen. Worse than any unit Indiana University has ever fielded. In fact, I hope they set some kind of record for bad defense because this is a unit I think we all want to remember forever.
Michigan fan really has to be wondering if this is the situation they want. Sure, Rich-Rod’s boys are winning more games now and Denard Robinson is awesome, but the only way they’ll win anything substantial ever is through shootouts like this. And they’ll still get punked by Ohio State every November because the Buckeyes’ defense is too good.
Wolverine fan might have to come to terms with the fact that the program of Schembechler and Lloyd Carr is, dare we say it, soft.
Even though Illinois lost, doesn’t 5-4 seem about as good as it’s going to get for the Illini? That’s not exactly a program with a lot of tradition there. As an Indiana grad, I know from lack of football tradition.
So, as painful as that probably was for Illinois fan, things really aren’t all that bad in the grand scheme of things. They’re nearly bowl eligible with a redshirt frosh quarterback and new defensive and offensive systems. That’s pretty good after the abomination that was the Juice Williams Era.
And Michigan won, but they have to be feeling the exact opposite. The evolution of this program from the staid, boring style of Lloyd Carr to the modern spread offense is surprisingly Nebraska/Bill Callahan-like and one more bowl-less season away from a total disaster.
So, you know, enjoy the win, fellas.
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