Good news: So far, Hoke & Co. have made Michigan a tough beat at the Big House. RR years were a disaster in this regard, but we were even tailing off at home at the end of the Carr Era, losing 6 at home in his last three years.
More good news: With a defensive-minded HC and a highly talented DC, we have again become a very effective defense. And that was largely with RR recruits. We have real talent on that side of the ball in the younder classes; no reason to believe that our defense will not trend up, perhaps significantly.
Bad news: Serious offensive inconsistency, and real problems perfoming against good teams and on the road. This team went without a touchdown in 25% of its games this year, something that had not happened at Michigan for nearly 50 years.
???: What to do about the bad news. Part of me says Borges did what could be done with the hand he was dealt (Denard, slot ninjas, OL retooling, etc.). What is troubling is what seems like obvious game-day/game plan mistakes, and a pretty strong tendancy to pound square pegs into round holes. While Borges will have largely "his" guys next year, it's hard to make the argument that next year's offense will be better than this year's.
To be fair to Borges, the offense seems to be largely on him; Hoke is a defensive guy by training, and that is where he seems to place the most emphasis. I hope that Hoke and Borges can figure this out and perform more consistently. Bowl game should tell us something about how much progress they might make next year.
to teams that have combined for 3 losses on the year, including the #1, 2, and 4 teams in the country. All 4 losses came on the road or at a neutral site. Just a brutal schedule this year.
Still one game to be played to see how we remember Team 133, but I, for one, am damn proud of how they played the schedule they were give, never made excuses, and never gave up. Let's send these seniors out with a bowl win.
Mgoblog unite!!!! America!!!!
edit: there will be punch and pie
Right now, my wife is transporting my sister to the airport. My sis came in a week ago from Arizona. I had the gang over today for the game and my wife performed "damage control" for the 4 kids under the age of 6 that were at my house while my buddies and I watched the game. Now she's driving my sister to Detroit Metro because my drunk ass cannot. I can't be the only dude out there who got hooked up by his wife, girlfriend, partner, whatever. I am going to give her a great foot rub when the kiddo goes to bed.
This game sucked. No question. But let's not make our significant others regret being supportive in these trying times.
Next year, we will all be going to Indianpolis to watch our boys secure a spot in Pasadena (at worst). Let's act like good people tonight and take care of those who take care of us.
Note: the record book precedes this season; 349+12=361. NCAA FBS record book ( see page 111)