Since I was at the game, I have a few things to add...
First off, all the credit in the world goes to USC. They won the game. Plain and simple. This wasn't about a call, a play or a bad bounce. This was a good old fashioned ass-whipping.
Also, SC fans were nothing but class. And, not surprisingly, they were loud, making the game sound like it was at the Coliseum at times.
Turning my attention to the train wreck that was Michigan yesterday...uh...wow. I'm not even sure where to begin. There was no fire in the belly. They looked lethargic. And they played with no pride. This was a complete team meltdown, from the coaching staff to the each and every player...except for our punter. Every other player on the team should be ashamed for their performance.
As for Benny's assessment of Ron English, I'm not sure I agree. That's two games against real competition in which there seemed to be a lack of adjustments at the half which had any effect. Maybe they were just better teams. Then again, maybe we should all hold off on the "defensive genius" label for awhile.
Where I do agree with Benny is that in totality, this season - as bad as it ended - was a good season. NOBODY expected us to be where we were, even die hard Michigan fans. YES it was a collapse at the end, but it was a giant step from last season and I expect (hope?) next season could be even better.
And that's the big difference. Next season we won't sneak up on anyone. Next season, as crazy as it sounds after the Rose Bowl debacle, we'll probably start the season in the top 5. We have a lot of talent coming back. Instead of being underdogs, how will we respond?
Hopefully much better than the way the Wolverines responded to the challenge they faced in the Rose Bowl.