This will ultimately be a very half-assed blog post because I've been sick all weekend with the worst day being today. So, in summary, Michigan lost yesterday 45-20 against Illinois. They played very well in the first quarter and went to sleep for the rest of the game. Everyone wants to talk about how this was a blowout and how Michigan gave up the most points at home since 1991 but in reality, this was a pretty tightly contested game until two Michigan fumbles in the second half blew it wide open. If Michael Shaw had held onto the ball near the end of the third quarter when Michigan was still only down 10 points, the Wolverines might have sustained that drive for a score and cut the lead to 3. But, Shaw dropped the handoff and the game with it. I don't want to be too hard on the rookie though, since ESPN got a good shot of Coach Rodriguez giving him an earful of what I can only assume was bad language as he walked toward the sideline. I think Michigan could have won this game because they are just about as talented as Illinois overall, but the Fighting Illini have three great skill players at the QB, RB, and WR positions that helped them to victory on Saturday. Gaining bowl eligibility will be tough for Michigan after losing for the third time in five games, but I still have confidence that with the tradition of the program, if they can get six wins they will be in a bowl. And six wins is still a promising possibility with games against Toledo, Purdue, Northwestern, and Minnesota left.
Anyway, I've got a busy week ahead of me so I doubt I'll have anything posted before Saturday but I will try and get something done after the Red Wings opening game on Thursday night. Hope you all had good and healthy weekends!