By: Matt Zemek
We live in a strange world.
We live in a world where Brady Hoke – seemingly a rising star in the coaching profession two short seasons ago, a man who appeared likely to lead Michigan back to the mountaintop in college football – faces a 2014 season marked "win or bust."
We live in a world where Bo Pelini – almost certain to be dismissed as Nebraska's head coach if a Hail Mary pass had fallen incomplete against Northwestern a week ago – can pretty much guarantee a 2014 season if he beats Michigan State.
We live in a world where Nebraska – so abysmal at times this season – can capture the Big Ten Legends Division if it wins out. Yes, this would mark a second straight Legends title for the Cornhuskers, all while Hoke and Michigan are quite possibly headed for a December bowl game.
Michigan entered this contest as a team with a split personality. The Wolverines had a Seattle Seahawk-like ability to flourish at home but collapse on the road. For Michigan's offensive line to falter at home against Nebraska's defensive line represents the fullest indictment yet of the player development that's (not) occurring in Ann Arbor. Some might say that recruits don't mean much until they step onto the playing field in college. Others might say that the play selection of offensive coordinator Al Borges is to blame for Michigan's woes. Those are reasonable criticisms. Yet, Michigan's players just aren't very good. Nebraska's players were better, and Nebraska's had trouble playing consistently for much of 2013.
Bo Pelini is gaining job security. Brady Hoke's job might be on the line 11 or 12 months from now. What a world we live in.