|By leaps and bounds (Brad Mills | USA TODAY Sports)|
Maryland was in a generous mood, gifting Michigan field position like a kid playing Madden who says "Yeah, I never punt." without realizing that's a really solid way to lose winnable games. In the space of four minutes, Michigan scored 21 points, oddly each one at X:21, and put the game into cruise control. No reason to put anything new on tape for Wisconsin or OSU.
Maryland had plenty of opportunities in this game; certainly, Glen Mason would like you to believe that Maryland was a play or two away from an upset in a game that they lost by 25. But while Maryland was putting together drives, they were also kicking field goals from the 25 (on 4th and 2) and the 2 (on goal to go) and were not really deeply invested in trying to win the game with their fifth different starting QB of the year. I don't know if I can blame them
Yes, Maryland did cut Michigan's lead to 28-10. Yes, Michigan twitter proceeded to have a panic attack. Yes, Chris Evans caught wind of said panic attack and said: "I got this" and with plays of 20, 14, and 17, put Michigan back up by 25 and once more on cruise control, if too late for a nap. This game served merely to reaffirm that Michigan has the talent and coaching to beat teams of lesser talent, but it did nothing to answer the questions of whether it can go toe to toe with Wisconsin or Ohio State in the final two weeks. But, Michigan sits at 8 wins for the season, with at least a puncher's chance in its next two games. I find myself more intrigued than anything else about what can happen going forward from here, which is a lot more than I can say for the last few seasons of the Hoke era (enjoy your new interim coach Tennessee!). Mostly, right now, I just want this sinus headache to go away and the body aches to cease. I'll take that in a heartbeat.