Despite the fear, Michigan No. 3 is helping Iowa

Well, that was a lot closer than anyone expected.

Michigan faces the big game 11-0 against Ohio State, where a Big Ten Championship spot is on the line between two undefeated rivals. The future is much bleaker now for an Illini team that suddenly finds itself slipping with three losses, leading to a truly open race for the West Division crown.

While still undefeated, it wasn’t the best performance at all for the Wolverines, certainly not one worthy of the country’s third-placed team. Sure, Illinois has one of the stingiest defenses in the nation, they’ve played tight against everyone this season. However, the Michigan offense just looked lost outside of Blake Corum, which has been a bit of a concern this season. We know they can run the ball, there’s a reason he’s a Heisman Trophy contender, but can they pass the ball if they have to?

The verdict after this game? I’m not sure.

If the Illinois offense could pass the ball themselves, they most likely would have walked away with that play. They faced a pretty similar problem as the Wolverines. Except for Chase Brown’s runs, there wasn’t really anything they could do. This has been a problem for the Illini all season and has held them back in recent weeks despite looking like the team to beat in the west.

It was a classic late season Big Ten showdown with lots of rushing and good defense that came with the extremely cold weather. All eyes were on this massive impact game, and here are the best reactions on social media.

Michigan in the mud

Maybe their Just Big Dan + Shay fans

All part of Michigan’s plan?

Big love for Witherspoon

Michigan goes for a clutch field goal

The defense is doing its job!

Was that a catch?!

Add him to the list!

Control their own destiny mode

Thank you Michigan

A boy can dream

Now hit Minnesota

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