Michigan repeatedly pinned Wisconsin back deep, but it couldn’t put itself in the driver’s seat. The Badgers passed the Wolverines late in the third quarter — reaching the end zone on two consecutive possessions — and left them in the dust.
The Wolverines don’t have to worry about all the Playoff scenarios they aren’t in this year, because they never earned the right to be in that discussion anyway. They have nothing to lose against Ohio State, because over the last three months, Michigan never built up anything worth losing.
In brutal fashion, No. 24 Michigan learned a difficult lesson it has learned many times before: winning on the road is hard. It’s even more difficult when your starting quarterback returns to the locker room in a wheelchair.