Michigan football’s rough 2020 season continued on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh’s team was blown out by No. 10 Indiana, 38-21.
The Wolverines fall to 1-2 on the season. Things got off on a good foot, with a convincing 49-24 win over one of last year’s breakout Big Ten clubs, Minnesota. Things have tumbled precipitously from there.
Michigan State, in its second game under Mel Tucker and coming off of a loss to Rutgers, beat the Wolverines 27-24 two weeks ago. On Saturday, IU threw the ball all over the yard, vaulting itself into the Top 10 of the AP poll with the big win.
“I’m sitting there like probably most of the country, almost in awe of what Indiana was doing,” former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said on Big Ten Network Monday. “They were getting behind the defensive backs, and the defensive backs at times were there, but they’re not playing the ball.”
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“What does that mean down the road? They’re in trouble,” Meyer continued, with a takeaway that doesn’t look great for his former coaching counterpart Jim Harbaugh.
“Whether it’s talent… I can’t imagine it’s a dropoff that significant. It has to be fundamentals. You have to play the football. And when you start seeing Indiana and Michigan State just light them up down the field throwing the ball, over 300 yards in each game. That’s very alarming.”
Michigan State’s Rocky Lombardi threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns in MSU’s win a few weeks ago. Michael Penix Jr. had 342 yards and three scores for Indiana.
Don Brown’s Michigan defense was one of the most feared in all of college football for his first few years in Ann Arbor. That no longer appears to be the case, which is bad news for the Wolverines going forward. Michigan is scheduled to face Wisconsin this weekend, and still has a game against Ohio State down the road, which could get ugly.
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