Clock ticking on Michigan and Hoke?

Saturday’s 17-13 loss against Nebraska ended the slim hopes the Wolverines had at a Big Ten Championship game appearance.  But it wasn’t just the loss that has Michigan fans still disappointed today, but how they lost.

The Wolverines finished with -28 yards rushing on the day, the second consecutive game they have finished with negative yards rushing.  Devin Gardner went 18/27 with 196 yards passing and a touchdown, but was unable to get the offense rolling for most of the game.

This was the first loss for Michigan at the Big House under coach Brady Hoke, and is the second consecutive loss for the team.  With the goals for the season being ‘Big Ten Championship or bust’ it will be interesting to see how the team will react next week against even more disappointing Northwestern.

If this team falters against the winless in the conference Wildcats, the matchup with Ohio State could get really ugly in Ann Arbor.  Coach Brady Hoke has taken the blame for these losses, but should it all fall on him?  Most teams take a step forward in year three with a head coach, but Michigan has done the opposite in another failed season.

Should a potential five-game losing streak to end the year put Hoke’s job in jeopardy?  Will Michigan set a precedent by firing a second consecutive coach after just three seasons?  Let us know at DetroitSportsBloggers.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

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