Grades: More D's for Michigan football team, but not for the defense
Michigan football beat writer Dave Birkett grades the Wolverines after Wisconsin's 45-24 victory.
Special teams Once again, huge negative plays were killer. Brandon Smith and Jon Conover collided with each other then punter Brad Nortman for a roughing-the-punter penalty that kept alive a Wisconsin drive that ended with a touchdown. Jason Olesnavage also had a 19-yard field goal blocked in the first half. Grade: D-minus Coaching Give defensive coordinator Greg Robinson credit for at least trying something new with his brutal defense. Michigan changed personnel on that side of the ball and played eight men in the box most of the game in a futile attempt to stop Clay. There was a questionable play call on third-and-goal at the 1, when Forcier ran a sweep right instead of handing the ball to Minor. But Wisconsin is just a superior team. Grade: B Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.