The Michigan Wolverines had one of the worst performances from any team in the history of the school. Taking on a team that was considered one of the worst in the nation, the Akron Zips, entering the 2013 season. Akron went 1-11 last season with a lone win against Morgan State.
Devin Gardner had one of the worst performances of his young career, completing just 16 of 30 passes for 248 yards and three interceptions. Michigan has a lot of glaring weaknesses that maybe weren’t so evident in its first three wins of the season. The Wolverines’ defense has shown that they have a problem in the secondary — allowing over 300 yards through the air and 418 yards overall.
Gardner showed he is still a young, inexperienced gunslinger completing about 50 percent of his passes and three interceptions against a lowly Akron Zips defense.
Akron has proven even from a year ago that they are not one of the best MAC teams — not even in the top half of the conference. Zips sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl showed poise in the pocket, leading the Zips down the field in the final minute of the game with a final shot at the endzone with five seconds left that fell just short on fourth and goal.
Michigan should be very worried about the rest of their season after such an ugly game. Winning by just four points against one of the worst teams in the nation from a season ago could be a bit of a Notre Dame win hangover — or it could be more of a serious issue.
The Wolverines defense could hold them back from being great this season. They allowed just 210 yards to Central Michigan and 410 yards to Notre Dame. Allowing the most yards of the season to Akron might be an issue.
This secondary needs worlds of improvement before Big Ten play because it allowed over 600 yards in the last two games through the air and over 800 yards overall.
Michigan got the wake-up call it needed.