Air Force tight end Nate Dreslinski is from Michigan, says he knows some people on the Michigan football team, and has a pretty good idea what the Wolverines’ demeanor will be for Saturday’s game against the Falcons.
Michigan was embarrassed 41-14 in its season opener against Alabama.
“I have some friends on that team, and they’re angry,” Dreslinski said. “That wasn’t a pretty loss for them, and they know it. They’re going to come out looking to prove a point.”
The psyche of Michigan has been a hot topic around the academy this week. There’s two pretty obvious schools of thought. Either Michigan, which had every right to believe it could beat Alabama last week, will be mentally crushed and have a hangover against Air Force; or Michigan would be livid and come out ready to pound whoever its next opponent happened to be. And this week it happens to be the Falcons.
The latter is what happened last year to Air Force. TCU lost against Baylor in its season opener, giving up 50 points to Robert Griffin III and friends, then came to Air Force and took out its frustration on the Falcons in Week 2. The Horned Frogs won that game 35-19.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke seems intent on making sure his team isn’t still thinking about last week’s game.
“You can’t let one team beat you twice,” Hoke said in his Monday press conference, which was transcribed on the school’s website. “I mean, you can’t do that.
“I think this week we’ll learn a little bit more about our leadership. I’ve liked it to this point. This week we’ll learn a little bit more on how motivated they are. I think when you only have 11 guaranteed opportunities left and you’re Michigan, I think you’ll be very motivated.”