The Michigan football team owns the nation’s top-ranked pass defense yet again in 2018, allowing fewer than 130 yards per game. That showed last Saturday when Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook did not complete a pass during the second and third quarters of the Wolverines’ eventual blowout win.
The old adage about in-state rivalries says the implications of a loss extend far beyond a single game. Sometimes, the worst part of defeat is hearing about it until the next contest is played. Ambry Thomas is quite familiar with that concept.
In the vein of its head coach, the Michigan football program is usually tight-lipped around the media. That is except for Michael Zordich, who has twice used press conferences at Schembechler Hall to call out players. In August of 2017, the secondary coach said his group was “scared to make plays” before questioning junior corner Lavert Hill’s willingness to practice through injury last spring.
The season-opening loss to Notre Dame displayed numerous truths about the Michigan football team. It showed that the addition of one player — junior quarterback Shea Patterson — couldn’t fix everything. It showed the beginnings of a heavily-penalized defense. It showed a continuation of the Wolverines’ struggles on the road.