ORLANDO, Fla. — There are no surprises still left with Michigan soccer. It’s a crew that is maddeningly reliable. The Wolverines are a great guess to earn among nine and ten games just about every time, but by no means 11. They will fall brief of Indianapolis and the Big Ten title activity. They will drop to their most important rival, Ohio State. In even a long time, they’ll defeat each Wisconsin and Penn Condition and in odd types slide to the similar two educational institutions. They will dominate the groups they are predicted to beat and by no means prevail when they’re underdogs, as they were being again on Wednesday in opposition to Alabama in the Citrus Bowl.
The Wolverines simply do not defy anticipations — starting to be the supreme reflection of a mentor whose staid gameday wardrobe of khakis and navy blue Michigan hat by no means changes. Jim Harbaugh was decked out in that standard-problem outfit as he watched the Wolverines drop, 35-sixteen, to a excellent team.
Quinn Nordin smashed a 57-garden industry target as a result of the uprights as time expired in the next quarter, there was a emotion that possibly one thing uncommon could come about.
But just like that, there was a return to normalcy.
The Tide began to impose its will, outmuscling the Wolverines’ protection with a relentless floor assault. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama’s otherworldly receiver, singed Michigan’s secondary as he amassed 204 getting yards.
Up and down the industry Alabama went whilst Michigan remained in neutral. The Wolverines’ first four possessions of the second 50 percent ended in punts their past two with interceptions.
When it was above, Michigan had recognized the result that so quite a few experienced expected ahead of kickoff.
It was yet another reduction.
It was an additional disappointing conclusion to a good, but not excellent period.
It was the identical aged, similar old.
So it goes in Ann Arbor, exactly where Michigan soccer is caught in neutral.
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