And the 2008 Michigan Football season comes to a predictable end, losing 42 - 7 to THE Ohio State University.
I will carry on with my optimism, although my enthusiasm for defending RichRod has started to wane. The running game today had it's moments, with basically no threat of passing. Obviously the team can be built as a running game force, even against the mighty defenses of like Ohio State and Penn State. And I have to assume that once Michigan has a RichRod QB with any balance of skill, the big plays will come.
My new fear is the defense. Part of the problem was how bad the offense played, and the horrible positions they were put in. But there was no emergence of players from the sophomore ranks to replace the seniors (that is an opinion, I'm not digging through game stats). Even if the offense makes the jump next year into a top 3 Big 10 squad, then into a top 15 national squad (and those are my expectations), the defense may lag so far behind that even getting back to the Lloyd Carr level of performance may be difficult.
The worst thing about today is what Michigan - Ohio State normally means. I plan what I am doing for this game months out. Fake tailgating, getting to BW's hours before kickoff...this year I cleaned my living room during time outs and texted random comments to a friend, like the game didn't matter. That is kind of sad, and I really hope that next year this day means something again.
Anyway, go Penn State and to my fellow Michigan fans, look at the positives, look at RichRods turn arounds from season one to season two, and don't go completely insane.