Thursday, November 29, 2012
Grade Michigan's 2012 season
Brady Hoke set a high standard for
Michigan when he took the job, indicating
that anything less than a Big Ten Championship is a disappointment.
While that is the right thing to say to the fan base, I can’t say I agree with the mindset.
is a team that should go into each season expecting to contend for the Big Ten
title and be among the favorites to win it. But last season saw the Wolverines
get 11 wins with no title. That is not a failure.
again finds itself out of the running for the Big Ten title, but the season
wasn’t a complete wash.
Unlike last year, I would say this season has been somewhat disappointing.
The Wolverines went 8-4, but three of their losses seemed like very winnable games.
It seemed that
could have beaten Nebraska
had Devin Gardner been prepared to backup an injured Denard Robinson. I wouldn’t
say that the Wolverines definitely would have won that game, but the offense
clearly would have been more productive than it was with Russell Bellomy at
Ohio State, the game seemed to be Michigan’s for the taking, but a lack of
adjustments on offense allowed the Buckeyes to squeak out a victory.
You can read more into
Michigan’s season by the four losses than
the eight wins. Truth is, Michigan
failed to beat the good teams it faced this year. Of the eight wins, the best
win seems to be against Northwestern (9-3), but it took a late miracle to get
the win, and I don’t think many view the Wildcats as a nationally respected
Overall, the offense wasn’t as explosive this season and the defense was just a shade worse than it was a year ago.
An 8-4 record is okay this year, but if Brady Hoke wants to live up to the standards he set when he took the job, things have to get better next year. The Big Ten was not that strong this season. There is no telling that it will be this weak again in the future.
Given the record and the quality of victories
Michigan had, I give
them a grade of a B-. I am hesitant
to say C because Michigan
still won eight games and could get a solid bowl victory. I don’t think the Wolverines
deserved a B because of the lack of quality wins and the failure to make the
Big Ten Championship Game.
What are your thoughts on