that is nice bonus change
A WolverineHistorian-style highlight video of yesterday's game in HD, as promised.
Notice the first image of Michigan Football in 2014 is of Spike Albrecht, Caris LeVert and Andrew Dakich on the right of your screen?
There was a recently deleted thread about concern of the kicking game. I am not in the least concerned about our kickers and punters. What I'm concerned about is coverage. Kickoff coverage once again looked a little suspect. And although Chesson made a nice play on punt coverage, he was the only guy there and if the ball is one of those Hagerup boomers and the returner makes the first man miss, he'll get 10+ yards before he meets the next defender. That is simply atrocious.
The goal of punt return is to get an extra first down; i.e., get at least 10 yards. The NFL style tight punt makes it easier to get that. I mean, how hard is it to look at the statistical leaders in net punting over the last five years and the schemes they run and draw the obvious conclusion?
For example, Alabama runs NFL style tight punt. No team has the depth of talent as Alabama. If anyone should be good at covering punts out of an NFL style scheme, it's the Crimson Tide. Yet in 2013:
I know that some of you are thinking, "This doesn't include punts that aren't returned, and so really it's net punting average that counts." There's some truth to that, so in the interest of fairness, the Tide was #1 in the land in net punting, mostly due to the high punting average and the fact that they only had 25 of their 40 punts returned.
One team that jumped off the page was Purdue, who punted 73 times and only had 10 returned on them. The Boilers averaged 43.3 yards per punt, and despite giving up a meaty 9.7 yd/return, was #2 in net punting average. Purdue even had a punt blocked by Wisconsin. Purdue has a very low talent level, as well as depth of talent. Three guesses as to their punting scheme.
Also, in the interest of fairness, Michigan averaged giving up 6.3 yd/return, good for #37 in FBS. We were pretty meh in net punting b/c we averaged 40.7 yd/punt.
It is my opinion that with a spread punting scheme, very athletic punters who can launch in not only Hagerup but also Kenny Allen, that we could gain a lot of hidden yardage by switching schemes.
I know, I know; preaching to the choir.
I haven't seen anyone mention this yet, but for the most part the student section was mostly full at kickoff. A nice sight to see.
Did they change anything? I know they got rid of the GA but did they do anything else?
Could it be that the ones that showed up on time are ones that are actually there for the game and shrinking the student section cut out some ''deadweight'' (ones that show up late because they want to keep tailgating)?
UM +5.5 vs ND. http://mobile.betonline.ag/sports/offerings?s=Football&l=NCAA&p=0 Also: MSU opens +11 vs Oregon Really like taking the points for both teams. Think UM has a ton of early season value based off last year. UM on the money line could be very nice.
EDIT: Lines have already moved, UM down to +5, MSU up to +12