ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Brady Hoke wants to make sure his team bounces back mentally from Saturday’s 41-14 loss to then-No. 2 Alabama.

“The important thing is that we can’t let Alabama beat us twice,” Hoke said. “This is a week where we will learn about our team’s leadership and our motivation. There are only 11 more guaranteed opportunities for University of Michigan football games, so we have to learn from what happened in Dallas and start focusing on Air Force this weekend.”

Center Elliott Mealer thinks the Wolverines, who fell from eighth to 19th in the AP poll, can learn a lot from the dominant Crimson Tide heading into their home opener.

“Their defensive line is great – their whole defense is great – and it is going to set a bar that we can compare everyone else we play against,” he said. “If we figure out what we needed to do against them, it is going to help us a lot against anyone else we come up against.”

Star quarterback Denard Robinson struggled against Alabama, throwing a pair of interceptions and completing 11 of 26 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. His 27 rushing yards were his second-lowest total in 27 games since the start of 2010.

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