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01:00  22 september  2019
01:00  22 september  2019 Source:   freep.com

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MADISON, Wis. — Jim Harbaugh suffered his worst loss as Michigan’s football coach Saturday afternoon against Wisconsin.

But it’s not the loss that will linger. It’s the unsettling realization that this program isn’t close to where you hoped it would be by now in year five of Harbaugh’s tenure.

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That stings. Mostly because it begs a fundamental question:

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The college football landscape is filled with proud traditions and plenty of history. The program with the most wins of all time and the largest stadium belongs to the Michigan Wolverines. Part of what makes the Wolverines a “ blue blood ” of college football is that rivalry with Ohio State.

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If Harbaugh isn’t the man, who is?

And if you love the Maize and Blue, where do you go from here?

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For U-M didn’t just lose its Big Ten opener at Camp Randall Stadium. It got demolished. Demoralized. Pushed around.

So complete was the dismantling — so wide was the gap in strength and toughness — that a handful of Badgers were dancing before the fourth quarter began.

Dancing.

On the field. In full view of the visiting team it was pummeling.

Embarrassing? It should be.

And don’t be fooled by the final score, 35-14.

It wasn’t that close.

The Badgers were ahead by five touchdowns before U-M scored. Granted, the Wolverines threatened to score after Wisconsin's opening drive of the game, when Shea Patterson rolled to his right and threaded a slick pass to receiver Ronnie Bell, who took off down the right sideline with no one in front of him.

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Some 68 yards later, Bell was caught, cut off by a defender who had an angle. It would turn out that the lack of breakaway speed cost the Wolverines a touchdown, when two plays later, Ben Mason fumbled inside the 10-yard-line.

Well, that and the curious decision to give the ball to Mason, a two-way player who played some defensive tackle earlier this season and who hadn’t had a carry this season. It was confusing, and over-thought, and emblematic of a team that has often played confused.

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Several times Saturday the quarterback would throw one place when the receiver was in another. Just as many times the defense struggled to keep from getting penalized for having too many players on the field.

The number of players frantically sprinting to the sideline before Wisconsin snapped the ball looked Pop Warner-like, which is fine, if your team is still in elementary school.

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The college football landscape is filled with proud traditions and plenty of history. Here is a definitive ranking of the blue blood programs. - Page 4. The Penn State Nittany Lions play in the second-largest stadium in college football behind only Michigan . Beaver Stadium has admitted over 106,000

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These Wolverines are not. And the disorganization was striking.

Yet not as much as the lack of power in the trenches, especially on the defensive side, where U-M's front four got blown off the ball all afternoon. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor rushed for 100-plus yards … in the first quarter.

He ran like he faced no defense. And he didn’t.

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So, again, where do you go from here?

And where does Harbaugh go? Because nothing he has tried has worked. Not when it matters. Not on the road. Not against ranked teams.

He’s changed his offense. His play caller. His way of communicating with his players. His quarterback.

None of it mattered.

That may be hard to accept, because Harbaugh arrived as a kind of savior. That was the expectation, anyway.

Well, it’s time to change expectation. Because this isn’t about one loss.

It’s the realization — finally — that U-M is not a blue blood. That it’s time to adjust expectation to meet reality.

Yeah, there is still the winged helmet and the fight song and the sepia-toned history. But as a football program?

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Harbaugh ’s thirst for blood isn’t a new thing. Harbaugh cares about what his family thinks. He definitely cares about what recruits think. It’s not that Harbaugh doesn’t care about his public perception, because he’s smart enough to know that perception matters a ton in college football .

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The Wolverines are solid, and nothing more.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Face it, Michigan football: You're no longer a blue blood

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Michigan players and coaches heard the outside noise after the team’s 35-14 loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 21. As fans and college football pundits took aim at Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines for a third straight blowout loss to a ranked opponent, the Michigan head coach's message remained the same inside the locker room. As fans and college football pundits took aim at Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines for a third straight blowout loss to a ranked opponent, the Michigan head coach's message remained the same inside the locker room.

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