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How Michigan State exposed Michigan's offensive problems in upset

How Michigan State exposed Michigan's offensive problems in upset”

Anthony Johnson was Drew Anderson's favorite and most reliable target in Buffalo's tough 71-68 loss to the Western Michigan Broncos in seven overtimes. Michigan's defense has two touchdowns and Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt for a touchdown.

Air Force and Cincinnati, both of which were within three points of MI in the third quarter, are a combined 1-6 since their trips to Ann Arbor.

Where Harbaugh has struggled, and suffered four of his seven losses at MI, is against the Wolverines' rivals. First and foremost the offensive line is a mess. MI blew a 10-point lead in the second half and had the Buckeyes on the ropes numerous times. In particular, Harbaugh was upset about a controversial fourth down play where the officials gave J.T. Barrett a first down that kept the game alive for the Buckeyes. And his post-game rant inspired memes and t-shirts. A young and inexperienced offensive line hampered by injuries and first-year players at the skill positions for MI have contributed to a sluggish offense so far in 2017.

The Wolverines have also fared much better away from home this season.

Had Michigan held on to win just one of those games, Wolverines fans would probably be feeling a lot better about themselves right about now.

Let's face it, MI has fallen short against Ohio State. They haven't made it to the College Football Playoff. Campbell was excellent for the Nittany Lions, finishing the game with four tackles, two passes defensed, and an interception, as Penn State remained undefeated and improved to 6-0.

Redshirt junior Wilton Speight will be out "multiple weeks" after breaking three vertebrae in a win over Purdue several weeks ago. The Wolverines were the heavy favorites in this matchup, but it was the Spartans who prevailed with a convincing victory over their hated in-state rivals.

MI isn't as good as Clemson, but because of its elite defense, it can't be entirely dismissed. Is that enough to justify all of the Jim Harbaugh love over the past few years?

Every Penn State football game has been televised the past 12 seasons and 289 of the last 291 contests overall have been on TV. If Harbaugh and the Wolverines fall again to Ohio State, then some serious questions will need to be asked about the program moving forward.



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