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SB Nation Reacts: Michigan fan confidence in very different places in two sports

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Michigan Wolverines fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Heading into a big week for both the football and basketball teams, Michigan fans have mixed emotions.

After another extremely disappointing loss – this time at home to Penn State – and a canceled game against Maryland due to an Covid-19 outbreak within the Michigan program, fans are feeling extremely down on the football team according to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey. Only six percent of fans said they are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 16 percent last week and 90 percent earlier in the year.

Things are looking much better on the basketball court. The Wolverines have extremely high hopes this season and have raced out to a 3-0 start. This week Michigan will face UCF and NC State to round out the non-conference schedule.

Michigan fans have extremely high confidence in the team right now. 94 percent of fans said the team is headed in the right direction, up from 92 percent a week ago.

Around the country, college fans saw a wide spread of events between the two big sports. On the basketball court, two of the nation’s top teams were upset by relative unknowns. 43 percent of fans said they thought Virginia’s loss to San Francisco has been the biggest surprise so far this year. That was followed by 33 percent that said it was Kentucky’s loss to Richmond.

On the brighter side of things, a plurality of fans said Sarah Fuller kicking for Vanderbilt was the best moment on the football field last week. Fuller became the first woman to play for a Power Five football team. She will again be the team’s kicker this weekend.

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