The regular season of college football is in the books for 2023, and Michigan defeated each opponent en route to its second undefeated season in as many years.
Here’s how each of those opponents finished off the season in Week 13.
East Carolina (2-10): 29-27 loss to Tulsa
This one came down to the wire, but Tulsa came out on top thanks to a last-second Chase Meyer field goal. With the loss, East Carolina fell to a disappointing 2-10, which keeps it well out of bowl game consideration. Turnovers plagued the Pirates all year, and five in this game certainly didn’t help matters.
UNLV (9-3): 37-31 loss to San Jose State
A great regular season for UNLV didn’t end quite so well with a loss to San Jose State. However, the Rebels will be the only one of Michigan’s opponents playing this weekend, as they will take on a 7-5 Boise State squad in the Mountain West Championship. Head coach Barry Odom should also find himself in consideration for some bigger head coaching jobs with his team’s performance in his first year on campus.
Bowling Green (7-5): 34-10 win over Western Michigan
The Falcons got a big win in their final game of the regular season thanks in part to quarterback Connor Bazelak, who threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Bowling Green’s defense also held its own against the Broncos, holding them to only 258 total yards while forcing two turnovers.
Rutgers (6-6)/Maryland (7-5): Maryland win 42-24
Who leads the Big Ten in all-time passing yards? After this game, it’s Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who went out with a bang by throwing for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Rutgers running back Kyle Monangai also had a nice game with 118 yards, but the Scarlet Knights fell short and finish the season playing .500 ball.
Nebraska (5-7): 13-10 loss to Iowa
This one was a joy to watch for fans of punting and defense. As predicted, this one was low-scoring, and it was Iowa’s Ethan Hurkett that came up with a big interception in Nebraska territory in the game’s final seconds. That interception set up a Marshall Meeder game-winning field goal to send Iowa to a 10-2 finish.
Minnesota (5-7): 28-14 loss to Wisconsin
The Golden Gophers fell short in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Wisconsin star running back Braelon Allen ran wild, as he would go for 165 yards and two touchdowns. On the flip side, Minnesota receiver Daniel Jackson had nine receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Indiana (3-9)/Purdue (4-8)
In Ryan Walters’s first season, his Boilermakers take home the Old Oaken Bucket with a win over Indiana. Purdue trailed this one, 28-18, heading into the fourth quarter but was able to make a comeback behind a hobbled Hudson Card. On the downside for Indiana, head coach Tom Allen was fired following the loss.
Michigan State (4-8)/Penn State (10-2)
The season ended on a high note for Penn State with a beatdown of Michigan State in Detroit on Friday night. Running backs Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton combined for 255 yards on the ground, while Drew Allar threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn’t all bad for Michigan State, as it was announced this weekend that Jonathan Smith would be the program’s next head coach following a dismal 4-8 season.