Michigan Football: 3 overreactions from the TCU loss

Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) throws the ball past Michigan Wolverines defensive back Rod Moore (19) during the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-Arizona RepublicNcaa Fiesta Bowl Game
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) throws the ball past Michigan Wolverines defensive back Rod Moore (19) during the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-Arizona RepublicNcaa Fiesta Bowl Game /
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These are three of the most absurd overreactions from Michigan football’s tragic six-point loss to TCU in the semifinal playoffs.

Michigan football fought valiantly in Glendale but came up a touchdown short of eliminating the Horned Frogs from national title contentions.

The defense got torched by TCU’s offense far too many times and looked completely out of sorts all day long. Michigan football could never recover and will be home watching, instead of playing for the elusive trophy next Monday night in Los Angeles.

Here are the three overreactions.

1. Michigan football did not overlook TCU

It sure didn’t seem that way being down 14-0 to the Horned Frogs in the first quarter. Michigan fans were in disbelief that they were behind by so much to a group that everyone thought they were clearly better than. That makes this statement an overreaction, though some will argue the opposite.

TCU came out hot and Michigan had no response for it. It put the Wolverines in a precarious position that they have never been in all year. Had the Roman Wilson touchdown would have counted then perhaps Michigan is celebrating a win and getting ready for Georgia in Los Angeles next week.

That wasn’t the case though and it left Michigan trailing the entire time. So it’s reasonable to say they overlooked the Horned Frogs and weren’t prepared for being hit in the mouth as they did. TCU is now 60 minutes from immortality and breaking an 80-plus year championship drought as their cinderella story rolls on to SoFi stadium.