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5. Michigan and Northwestern are the two biggest disappointments in the conference for 2013
I'd like to call it an epic battle, but the game in Evanston Saturday was more of a consolation game for letdown team of the year than anything else. Both teams came into the season ranked, both were supposed to contend for the Legends division and maybe more, but both have taken a dive into dangerous and rocky waters.
For Pat Fitzgerald's crew, It's remarkable and almost unfathomable that after sitting at 5-0, and ranked 16th in the country prior to a home game against Ohio State on October 5th, that they've now lost six-straight and are in danger of not even making a bowl. The culprit has been an inability to close out close games. All told, the Wildcats have now lost four-straight games by seven points or less -- two of them in overtime. That has to change.
And what can we say about Michigan? There were a lot of national folks picking the Wolverines as a dark-horse national-title contender, let alone Big Ten juggernaut. It simply has not happened for a myriad of reasons. There have been way too many turnovers from the quarterback spot, spotty offensive-line play at best, and curious coaching moves. The Maize and Blue are headed to a bowl-game, but it'll likely fall much earlier on the calendar than anyone would have anticipated.
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