chance of bowl: 13.6%
Right now, I'm watching the end of Arkansas and Vandy on SEC network and Mizzou TA&M on FX. Others may catch the end of Sparty's defeat on ESPN. As for the rest of the afternoon, the schedule breaks down as follows (games at 3:30):
Oklahoma at K-State - ESPN
Illinois at Penn State - ABC/ESPN2
Iowa at Minnesota - BTN
Baylor at Ok. State - ESPN2/ABC
Georgia vs. Florida - CBS
Navy at ND - NDBC
The rest of the listings can be found here. Discuss and enjoy the rest of our victorious day.
1. The defense. Aside from the opening drive, it was an impressive performance from top to bottom. I think it’s safe to say that the unit has improved more than anyone could have reasonably expected, given last year. The secondary did a great job making up for Kovacs' absence.
2. Denard’s passing. INT also aside, he threw the ball accurately and confidently.
3. The safety. It’s always a pleasure to see your team score one of these rarities.
4. Fitz. This was a breakout performance. Borges put him in a great position to succeed, and he executed. I’m not sure why we didn’t see more of him against MSU, because it does look like he’s our best tailback. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the coming weeks.
1. The opening drive. I feel I’m stretching to find things to criticize, but for the first 2 minutes of the game, things didn’t look good. I had flashbacks to 2009 when this happened. Thankfully it was just one drive, and when everything was said and done, our team looked more 2006 than 2009.
2. Putting Gardner in for random plays when the game was still in question. I know others feel differently, and I’m open to being convinced that I’m wrong, but I just don’t get it. Yes, he’s immensely talented, and will eventually make an excellent starting QB, but Denard is currently our best QB and the engine that makes our offense go. The INT play seemed particuarly odd, given Denard's 60-yard completion. I felt better about Borges putting Gardner in short-yardage situations (when his size can be impactful) and in garbage time (when he can get experience). It upset me early on when the score was close, but when all was said and done, it wasn’t all that consequential, and he had some good plays later.
1. Injuries on the O-line. It was bad when Barnum came out, and worse when it Lewan started limping. Here’s hoping for speedy recoveries, both for their sakes (always hate seeing anyone get injured) and for the team's: we have limited depth on the O-line, and we need good performances from our O-line in the very-winnable-but-potentially-difficult games against Iowa and Illinois coming up.
1. After all his ridiculousness during the RR era, the fact that we really beat the snot out of Danny Hope’s team.
2. Winning a conference game against someone other than 2011 Minnesota in [edit: such] convincing fashion. The last time that happened was against an actually pretty good 2008 version of Minnesota.
3. Securing a winning season for the second year in a row. There was once a time when getting a seventh win wouldn’t have excited me like it does now, but after reading “Three and Out” and reliving all the crushing losses from 2008 and 2009, and knowing how they impacted the players and coaching staff, it feels great to reach this milestone, even if it is just a small step on the road back to glory. Congrats to Hoke, his staff and all our players.
It's not working, it's disrupting any rhythm we get going. The kid is talented, but he's not ready for prime time. Denard may throw some ducks, but HE IS OUR BEST CHANCE TO WIN MORE THAN 8 GAMES THIS YEAR. Let him play!
Where can I get a live stream?
According to the official Michigan Football Twitter account:
I’m not too worried, mostly due to Countess’ play, but this is something to keep an eye on.
Depending on how early you were up, with temps around freezing you were out scraping your car to get to the game! Might see some light, spotty showers, but mostly just a light mist for the morning, and some sun also. Hitting near 40 degrees by 10am, with a calm south wind.
Looking at 45 degrees for the kickoff, feeling just a few degress colder with a wind chill. Winds still out of the south at about 3mph, with partly cloudy skies by noon. I think we'll still be dry for the kickoff.
Clouds continue to build in a little more, but should still see some sun too! There's a slight chance of a shower, but I don't think it will be anything heavy, just a few sprinkles, and shouldn't last long. 47 degrees by halftime, and those southerly winds still calm-just a light breeze.
Should just make 50 degrees by 4pm, with all the clouds hanging around I don't think we'll get any warmer. There's still a chance of a spotty shower and a possible rumble or two of thunder throughout the later afternoon/early evening hours. Temps drop quickly into the low 40s by dinnertime, and will continue to drop into the later evening hours. If you're out celebrating late tonight, you'll feel temperatures down around the freezing point by last call. Winds staying out of the south around 3-5mph (but expect a blustery day tomorrow). Clouds do start to diminish, so even though it will be chilly, you won't have any rain to deal with and may see some stars!
Have a great time at the game, and celebrating a win afterwards! Hail!