Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Michigan falls out of Top 25
The questions are over.
After suffering the most embarassing loss in college football history, the University of Michigan has fallen out of the AP top 25 college football poll. They're also out of the USA Today poll.
NDub has been a Michigan fan for life. We were born in Michigan and raised a fan of the teams in the state. It's in our blood. From our grandfathers on down to us.
So the loss stings. But we're just about over it. We've thought for a while that Lloyd Carr needs to go and this loss only solidifies our stance and hopefully shuts up the apologists. An online petition is circulating to fire Carr.
Appalachian State wasn't a better team. They were smaller, perhaps almost as fast, and not nearly as strong. But their coaches were better prepared. And most importantly, App State wanted it more. The DIAA school deserved victory.
So where does Michigan go from here? It must, obviously, move on. The season is far too young to call a loss, though, this loss will resonate in these players' minds for the rest of the season and probably the rest of their collegiate careers.
The National Title hopes are all but over. But, contrary to what ESPN talking heads have said over the past few days, this Michigan team wasn't a championship contender before App. State. The defense was going to be nearly porous. A BCS team? Perhaps. Definitely not a National Championship team.
Now, the Wolverines must move forward with Carr at the helm - at least just for this season.
We'd like to see the Wolverines slaughter opponents the rest of the season in the name of this astonishing embarassment. But that's the homer fan in us. Realistically, this is probably a nine win team that won't win the Big Ten (Wisconsin, Penn State).
It's just the reality. Nearly as real as losing 34-32 to Appalachian State at The Big House.