It was evident Saturday that Michigan coach Brady Hoke didn’t have his team ready to play Akron. It almost proved costly for the Wolverines, who got enough key breaks to pull off the 28-24 win and stay undefeated in the NCAA.
A setback to the Zips would have given Michigan one of its biggest upset losses in school history. So Hoke and his coaches got away with one, but they may not get so lucky next time.
Afterwards, Hoke told a radio broadcast that his players had to analyze whether or not they had prepared themselves properly to play a good football game. Is that not his responsibility also? He also acknowledged afterwards that he and the coaches had to do a better job than what they did Saturday.
Michigan was ready for Central Michigan, and very well-prepared for Notre Dame. But here comes Akron, and the Wolverines make them look good. Devin Gardner came off a brilliant game at quarterback against the Irish, yet the Wolverines had four turnovers, including a Gardner interception for a touchdown. Those are the kind of mistakes the Wolverines were able to get away with against a team like Akron, but they won’t beat anyone in the Big Ten by playing this way.
Akron is not a good football team and Michigan only made them look better.
The Wolverines proved defensively they can make the big plays, which they did at the end when Akron was at the 1 yard line ,going for the winning points.
Akron should not have been in the position to win; the Zips had no business winning this game. They almost won because the Wolverines weren’t ready and Hoke didn’t have them properly prepared. He can’t afford to make that mistake again.