Michigan listed on USA Today’s ‘Misery Index’ after loss to Penn State

Michigan was clearly the worse team in its 42-13 loss to Penn State Saturday night. The Wolverines dropped out of the new AP Top 25 following the loss.

Here’s one reaction, from USA Today‘s Dan Wolken:

Michigan: Betting against Jim Harbaugh is probably a bad long-term strategy, but in the short term has he ever looked as ordinary as he did Saturday night in a 42-13 loss at Penn State? Michigan isn’t paying Harbaugh for ordinary. Michigan isn’t expecting ordinary in Harbaugh’s third season. But isn’t that the word that best describes watching the Wolverines this season? There’s nothing special there, nothing compelling from either an aesthetic or competitive standpoint. Penn State looked like a modern college football machine that basically did as it pleased Saturday, while Michigan’s athletes looked a half-step slow and its coaches totally confused by the wrinkles thrown at them by offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Michigan’s defense allowed a season-high 506 yards to Penn State. The Wolverines’ previous season-high for yards allowed was 278 against Indiana last week, and had kept two teams under 200 yards in 2017. But Penn State was on another level from those teams.

“Sure, it’s just one game,” Wolken continues. “And Penn State is flat-out better and more experienced this season than a Michigan team that lost 11 draft picks from last year. But at what point does all the talent Harbaugh recruited kick in? If you’re an elite program, should you ever really get beat the way Michigan got beat by Penn State? The good news is, nobody will be able to make fun of Harbaugh for finishing third in the Big Ten East this season. Right now, the Wolverines are fourth. Tied for fourth, actually. With Rutgers.”

Michigan has a chance to break that tie with Rutgers this week, as the Scarlet Knights visit Ann Arbor for a noon ET game on BTN.

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