Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/24/12

The Michigan Wolverines were ranked No. 8 in the Top 25 poll coming into the season. After Week 4, the Wolverines have already watched their names fall completely out of the Top 25 rankings. It probably adds to the discomfort that Michigan State sits ahead of Michigan in the Legends division and at No.20 in the AP Poll with Ohio State six spots ahead at No.14.

Whether or not they deserved to drop has everything to do with how a fan views Michigan’s accomplishments this season thus far. They have two wins, but against opponents like UMass and the Air Force. The Wolverines have not looked impressive, with the exception of their game against Massachusetts and losing to both ranked opponents through their first four games of the season does not help their cause.

It was the performance at Notre Dame, however, that sealed their fate and ultimately forced voters’ hands to keep them out of the Top 25. It was an embarrassing performance that Denard Robinson felt the need to apologize for. To say that he took several steps back in his development at the position is an understatement. Compare his performance to that of Andrew Maxwell, rookie starting quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans just a week before.

Maxwell, though the offense was virtually ineffective, did not throw a single interception against Notre Dame. Robinson had four and was forcing almost all of his throws in a game that could have thrust Michigan back into good graces. Robinson did set a record though.

He passed Chad Henne for the most interceptions as a Wolverine with 38. It’s not exactly what Michigan had in mind, but it’s a scary look into the future as to how valued the Wolverines may have been before the season started. Does this mean what everyone was saying is true?

Are the Wolverines overrated?

Until they prove otherwise, that is the general consensus among the league. It probably doesn’t help the team redeem themselves when Robinson was a heavy Heisman candidate coming into the season and the Wolverines were one of the favorites to play in the Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines have a lot to revise going into their Oct.6 game against Purdue, the same team the Fighting Irish won a thriller against Sept.8.

Michigan’s defense was a bright spot against Notre Dame and they showed much more resistance against the run game than they have previously only allowing 239 total yards of offense, 60 less than Michigan.

If the defense and the offense could be on the same page throughout games, it would be conducive to their efforts to make an appearance in the postseason. Otherwise, they can kiss both the Big Ten championship and a legitimate bowl appearance goodbye. 

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