The fallout from Michigan's humbling loss to Wisconsin continues to grow.

Even the Detroit News and Free Press are finding fault with coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff. That's pretty much unheard of!!

There's no sense in repeating all the statistics given to back the FACT that Harbaugh & Co. can't win the big games. Because they haven't in his 4-plus years as the anointed "savior" of Michigan football.

It was quite obvious that Wisconsin came ready to play and Michigan, despite a roster filled with 4- and 5-star recruits, did not. And that's coaching folks, or lack thereof.

Let's take a look at his two top assistants - defensive coordinator Don Brown and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Brown – In Michigan's last five games (3 losses) the Wolverine defense has allowed an average of around 38 points per game. Why all the hype over this guy? His biggest college gig was an assistant at Boston College.

Gattis – Alabama still seems to be scoring at will without him, while the Wolverines "speed in space" has become "turnovers in turmoil."

Perhaps the most interesting comment I heard after the embarrassing loss to the Badgers was from a Chicago radio station talking mouth. He said, and I paraphrase: If any voter in the AP poll keeps Michigan in the Top 25, his voting credentials should be revoked by the Associated Press.

Well, Michigan fell nine spots to No. 20.

Did the loss ruin Michigan's chances for finally winning the Big Ten again — it's been 15 years — or making the college football playoffs for the first time?

Not if they run the table and get a revenge win over Wisconsin in the conference championship game.

But at this point in time that seems highly unlikely, with games remaining against No. 5 Ohio State, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 12 Penn State, No. 14 Iowa, and No. 25 Michigan State left on the regular season slate. All possible losses.


Notre Dame 34, Virginia 14

If the Irish can give No. 3 Georgia all it wanted in Athens, they shouldn't have any trouble with undefeated Virginia (No. 18) in South Bend. ND opened as an 11-point favorite.

WMU 38, CMU 17

Believe it or not, many moons ago, I once covered this in-state rivalry at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo. I don't remember who won that game, but Western Michigan will win this one with ease.


Lakeshore 20, Portage Central 13

Both teams are 2-2 overall and desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Look for the Lancers to rebound after last week's loss to St. Joseph, which is rated No. 8 in the AP D3 poll this week. That's the first time the Bears have been rated since 2014, when they were No. 6 before falling to No. 8 Lakeshore, 17-7, that week.


Where have all the Michigan caps and shirts gone?


Attention: Bangor, Bloomingdale, Eau Claire and River Valley: There's an area 8-man conference now. I'd certainly look into it, since combined you're 0-13 thus far, and have been outscored a combined 629 to 76.

Bangor is already playing a partial eight-man schedule and plans to make the switch full-time next season. River Valley has canceled its remaining varsity games due to low numbers.

On with the forecast:


Last week: 15-2, .882

Season: 58-16, .784


St. Joseph 49, Loy Norrix 0

Lakeshore 20, Portage Central 13

BC Central 28, Benton Harbor 20

Martin 52, LMCatholic 24

New Buffalo 38, MLutheran 16

Niles 27, Gull Lake 21

B. Springs 42, Comstock 8

Bridgman 56, Lawrence 20

Brandywine 35, Fennville 6

Kal. United 48, Watervliet 12

Edwardsburg 56, S. Haven 6

Mendon 42, Eau Claire 6

Constantine 38, Coloma 7

Hartford 37, Bangor 7

Buchanan 21, Parchment 20

Paw Paw 49, Otsego 6

Centreville 40, Bloomingdale 3

Dowagiac 31, Plainwell 10

Cassopolis 35, Decatur 14


Last week: 36-11, .766

Season: 192-38, .835


Memphis 28, Navy 14


Penn State 28, Maryland 24

Air Force 34, San Jose St. 17

California 33, Arizona St. 28

Va. Tech 21, Duke 20


Michigan State 34, Indiana 17

Michigan 45, Rutgers 0

Notre Dame 34, Virginia 14

WMU 38, CMU 17

Iowa 42, Mid-Tenn. St. 20

Ohio State 38, Nebraska 14

Purdue 31, Minnesota 28

Wisconsin 42, N'western 7

Alabama 49, Mississippi 14

App. State 38, C. Carolina 17

Arizona 34, UCLA 28

Auburn 31, Miss. St. 17

Baylor 34, Iowa St. 31

Clemson 49, N. Carolina 10

Florida 45, Towson 3

Fla. State 33, N.C. State 28

Fresno St. 38, N. Mexico St. 23

La.-Monroe 31, S. Alabama 20

La. Tech 30, Rice 20

Liberty 38, New Mexico 31

Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 17

Oklahoma St. 37, Kansas St. 30

Pittsburgh 41, Delaware 10

S. Carolina 24, Kentucky 23

Southern Miss 45, UTEP 21

SMU 31, S. Florida 21

Stanford 33, Oregon St. 28

Syracuse 42, Holy Cross 7

TCU 34, Kansas 17

Temple 34, Geo. Tech 24

Texas A&M 42, Arkansas 21

UCF 45, UConn 8

Utah 34, Wash. St. 27

Utah State 29, Colorado St. 10

Vanderbilt 33, N. Illinois 22

Wake Forest 28, B. College 24

Washington 31, USC 27

Wyoming 35, UNLV 28

Al Arend is a sports correspondent for The Herald-Palladium. His weekly football predictions appear every Thursday.