Rapid Reaction: Michigan’s win leaves plenty to be concerned about


For those of us who watched the Michigan game on Saturday there was little to be pleased about except of course where the game ended – in the win column.
Is that all matters? Depends on who you ask.

If you ask me, which I’m sure you aren’t, it’s not all that matters but it’s what matters most. Michigan couldn’t beat Penn State on Saturday. The Wolverines couldn’t knock off Wisconsin or Ohio State during their trip to Bloomington. They could only beat Indiana on Saturday and that’s what they accomplished.

So, let’s move on. U-M is 5-1 and rebounded from its loss to Michigan State.

Yeah, right.

There was the good (Karan Higdon ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns ), the bad (QB John O’Korn who completed 10 of his 20 pass attempts for 58 yards) and the ugly (school-record 16 penalties for 141 yards).
You have to believe coach Jim Harbaugh and the U-M coaching staff will take care of the penalties. Chalk that up to some mental mistakes, a fluke and maybe some penalties that weren’t penalties – but the officiating wasn’t the problem on Saturday. In fact, Indiana was the team complaining about the officials after the game.

The bigger concern is O’Korn and an offense that seems to lack any imagination, creativity or flair – I know, all three of those adjectives mean the same thing but let’s hammer home the point here. It starts with O’Korn, who wasn’t horrible but wasn’t good enough to at least make this a more comfortable win.

And few Michigan fans seem comfortable with the fifth-year senior under center going forward – especially against the likes of the Nittany Lions, Badgers and Buckeyes.

Check out a few of these comments from the “comment section” of the Michigan game story on ESPN:

“I have no reason to believe that Michigan will be able to hang with Penn State. Not with O’Korn at QB.”

“If a QB isn’t effective, put in a new QB to try to bring life into this offense. (Coach Harbaugh) got too predictable and did not take chances on the offensive side. Something has got to change.”

“O’Korn is the worst Michigan QB ever, hands down.”

He may not be the “worst ever” but he has given “no reason believe” he can beat a quality team. Harbaugh, the former QB, is going to have to find the right buttons to push because he seems committed to O’Korn and must believe he gives him the best chance to win. The youngsters either aren’t ready or they want to save a year of eligibility if that is still on the table.

Yes, the defense is solid. But against these better teams the Michigan offense is going to have to keep the ball, eliminate turnovers, score touchdowns and not settle for field goals and at least keep the other team’s offense off the field for long stretches.

A few more comments from the comment gallery:

“Get turnovers and penalties under control and we won’t need many points to keep winning.”

“U-M will lose at least three more games. You really think they can beat PSU, Wisconsin and OSU?”

“Last week and this week show just how overrated Michigan is.”

Next week (Saturday) will show exactly how good Michigan is and whether they are the point of the season where they can beat a very good team on the road.

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