Ann Arbor feels a bit grim today after the Michigan Wolverines(21-4, 8-4) were beaten handily by the Michigan State Spartans(21-4, 10-2) in East Lansing. When I say beaten, I mean any adjective that you can think of that describes a blowout of epic proportions.
The game was dominated in almost every facet by the Spartans and the Wolverines left the Breslin Center stunned. They came into the game ranked No. 4 in the country and left with hanging heads and disappointed faces.
How does this affect Michigan as they move forward in Big Ten play?
Well, the Wolverines now have four conference losses, putting them two games out of first place in the standing with just six games to go. There is definitely reason to panic in Ann Arbor because two losses in the Big Ten can be the difference between a serious contender and an average team.
A two-game lead in the Big Ten is almost insurmountable this late in the season because the conference is so tough at the top. There is no doubt that the game versus the rival Spartans was a must-win for the Wolverines and the loss hurt more than any they’ve had this season.
They have lost three out of their last four games and they are just 4-4 on the road this season. If you can’t steal wins on the road, the Big Ten race will probably not be in your favor.
Michigan is easily a top-10 team in the country, but after last night’s shellacking at the hands of the green and white, the Wolverines conference title hopes are almost an improbability.