Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are getting it from all angles after an ugly loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. One columnist - Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press - is even going as far as to suggest the Wolverines are no longer a "blue blood" in the sport.
If you're unfamiliar with the term "blue blood" - it essentially means that more often than not, you're competing for national titles. It's generally reserved for programs that have been consistently good regardless of era.
That said, there is some controversy with the term. Most college football fans generally consider there to be eight programs worthy. They are Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, USC and Notre Dame.
Nebraska has been down for over a decade now. Notre Dame hasn't won a national title since 1988.
Windsor thinks we should take Michigan off the list after the team's loss to Wisconsin. Why? Because Harbaugh was supposed to be the savior, and he's seemingly tried everything to turn the Wolverines back into a power.
He’s changed his offense. His play caller. His way of communicating with his players. His quarterback.
None of it mattered.
That may be hard to accept, because Harbaugh arrived as a kind of savior. That was the expectation, anyway.
Well, it’s time to change expectation. Because this isn’t about one loss.
It’s the realization — finally — that Michigan is not a blue blood. That it’s time to adjust expectation to meet reality.
Yeah, there is still the winged helmet and the fight song and the sepia-toned history. But as a football program?
The Wolverines are solid, and nothing more.
Of course, it isn't just the loss to Wisconsin. The Wolverines, in the Harbaugh era, have struggled against top competition. This appears to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
Michigan will have a chance to get right against Rutgers next week. But they're going to have to find some answers quickly if they want to compete for a Big Ten title.