Not gonna defend Michigan, because I can't. Their play this century is pitiful. Of course, having drunk the kool-aid, I think things are turning around under Harbaugh. But yeah, they actually need to beat someone in the top 10 first, and particularly, beat MSU and OSU. (That's what ultimately makes the loss to MSU more painful last year). I like Herbstreit's analysis on Michigan, which really echoes Spielman: Michigan hasn't had the horses to play. Maybe 5 years or so ago, Spielman commented that not a single player at Michigan would start at OSU. Painful, but true. Herbstreit opines that Harbaugh is turning that around quickly, but is still a couple years away. We shall see.
Addendum: Bruce was pretty good, but Cooper? Nah. Gotta win the big one. If you go 11 - 1 every year but lose to Michigan, it doesn't matter. Tressel got it. So did Bo, Woody, Meyer. We'll see what happens with Harbaugh. He obviously has an EXTREMELY formidable opponent in Meyer (and Meyer's coaching staff).