With just a week before a clash in Columbus, conventional wisdom assumed the No. 4 Michigan football team would cruise past Indiana (2-6 Big Ten, 5-6 overall) on Saturday.
There was nothing easy about it, though. Between costly offensive miscues and defensive lapses, injuries and turnovers, and plenty in between, the Wolverines’ performance will leave much to be desired.
But as the saying goes: a win is a win
Against a Big Ten foe in late November, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will take it.
Linebacker Devin Bush started the day by angrily scraping the Spartans’ logo at midfield with his cleats and ended it with a game-sealing sack.
In between, Michigan asserted itself as a bona fide national contender, beating its first ranked opponent on the road since 2006 — and doing it with the searing aggression and fire that has defined this team.
With 47 years of coaching experience under his belt, Mattison can say that with sincerity and credibility. It conveys the sheer volume of top-tier talent Michigan’s defenses have consistently produced.