If Michigan had Washington's schedule, they'd be 2-4. They get another easy opponent next week in Indiana, but at some point they are going to have to get their act together (e.g. find a running game and stop turning the ball over) or things won't be pretty.
This game was closer than the score suggests, though Michigan did improve their performance relative to the game against Akron. I worry that they are in for a rude awakening when they finally play someone good.
Given that Penn State lost to Indiana for the first time in history yesterday, that time is at least two weeks away, and probably three or four weeks away.
Sigh .. Washington almost beat Stanford on their home turf and was in the game to the final minute or two . The defense was particularly impressive. Unlike the coach, I think the call that ended the Huskies final drive was probably correct. I agree with the Times columnist who says that coming close, while unsatisfying, justifies the hype for this team.
Next week: Oregon at Husky Stadium. I think they have a decent chance to win, which is the first time that's been true in a very long time.
I am not sure whether to call this "bureaucrats respond to incentives" or "why spending more doesn't increase achievement." My sense is that these sorts of shenanigans happen everywhere in Michigan, though the Detroit response is probably on the extreme end. Count day itself, of course, represents a response to the fact that standard enrollment numbers are not reliable. That fact, in turn, is itself a bureaucratic response to incentives. Public management is not trivial.