ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Brady Hoke's arrival at Michigan was supposed to signal a return to the program's roots of power football and physicality.
Now in their fourth season under Hoke, the Wolverines have had a hard time recapturing that identity. That was never more apparent than when they lined up against Michigan State last year.
For 60 overpowering minutes, Michigan State demonstrated just how drastically the rivalry has shifted, gleefully bullying the Wolverines. Michigan lost 29-6 and the underlying stats were more alarming: The Wolverines allowed seven sacks, finished with minus-48 yards rushing and were shut out in the second half.