I think that Devin will go down as one of Michigan's great quarterbacks when all is said and done. He's had his ups and downs, but he didn't have the line or running back support that Henne, Brady, Henson or Griese had. I was impressed that the players wanted to go for 2 -- it reminded me of the 2000 game when the players convinced Lloyd to let Henson bootleg a short yardage touchdown run with obviiously better results.
After watching a hard fought close game I can’t help but think towards the future. I’m curious how the board thinks we matchup with OSU next year. We graduate our two offensive tackles who are likely replaced by Braden and Mags, and obviously our interior gets a year older. We lose Gallon and Fitz who seem likely replaced Darboh and Green. On defense we lose Washington and Black who are likely replaced Pipkins and Henry. And, we lose Gordon who is likely replaced by a combination of DBs like Thomas, Clark, and Peppers. I think I know what we’ve got with Michigan. I’m more curious about OSU.
They obviously lose Hyde who will likely be replaced by Smith I think. They lose Brown who will be replaced by Wilson as maybe a step up. They return Devin Smith and their TE, but they lose 4 offensive linemen. This is what I’m most interested in. Who starts for them next year on the offensive line and how will they fare? They are not quite as big as their predecessors. They will also be young and pretty similar in age to our line next year.
LT – Baldwin (Jr)
LG – Elfein (Fr)
C – Boren (So)
RG – Brown (So), O’Connor (RS Fr?)?
RT – Decker (So)
On defense they bring back the entire front 7 unless Shazier decides to enter the draft, which he may. Behind him on the depth chart is freshman, Trey Johnson. In the backfield they will lose Roby, Brown, and Barnett. They do have a lot of young talented DBs, but they don’t have much experience.
From what I can see this is a good chance to beat OSU in Columbus. They lose many of their playmakers on defense (especially if Shazier enters the draft). Granted they have a lot of young talent on the defensive line in Bosa, Spence, and Washington. And, of course they bring back Braxton Miller. But, without a proven running back and without a veteran offensive line, will Miller be as effective? How do you think our defensive line matches up against their offensive line?
Hello friends. It has been a tough season and today was a tough day. While enjoyable in a viewing manner and a heck of a ball game we are all disappointed a win did not come in the end.The players fought til the end and the coaches coached til the end and as fans that is all we can ask for. To think back to what many of us expected to happen in this game it was a nice surprise and shows at least a glimmer of hope for the future. I believe the future is bright and you should too my friends.
In the end though I have realized that there is more to life than just a game I watch on Saturdays and a team I follow throughout the year. I love Michigan and Michigan football but in the end it is just a game played by kids. Today those kids played as hard as they could and sacrificed their bodies so we could have some entertainment for 3+ hours on another Saturday in the Fall.
It's just a game and there will be more Saturdays ahead to thrill, excite and to disappoint. Don't let it ruin your day, as it all means nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Sagan Time. Space bitches, space..
I wanted to discuss some individual player information from the game with the board. First, the records:
- Jeremy Gallon - With his 175 yards today he has 1284 on the season, just 46 yards behind the single season record set by Braylon Edwards in 2004. He also set the record today for most receiving yards by a Michigan player against OSU.
- Blake Countess - I checked to see where his 6 interceptions stack up in the all-time records, but they aren't even close. The record is 10 by Tom Curtis in 1968. The most recent season high is 8 by Woodson in 1997. Countess is tied with a bunch of people for 7th all-time.
- Devin Gardner - With his amazing day today (451 passing, 10 rushing) he finishes with 3443 total yards. This puts him second all-time for total yards behind Denard's record setting 2010 season (4272). He passed John Navarre (3240) for second.
Now for the players who didn't play today. Anyone have any information on these guys?
- Jarrod Wilson - He didn't play at all and as a result the first two OSU touchdowns were significantly the result of bad plays by Furman and Avery.
- Brenden Gibbons - All I heard today was that he hurt his leg and was on crutches. Anyone know the story?
- Richard Ash - Anyone know why he saw meaningful snaps? I'm not saying he did badly (couldn't tell), just curious why he was on the field given our struggles to stop the run. Just rotating more guys?
- James Ross - Any report on what his injury is?
- Did anyone see something that caused the Frank Clark unsportsmanlike penalty? They didn't show anything on TV that seemed to justify it, but I was wondering if they just didn't catch it or the refs called the wrong number. Dumb play, dumb call, or both?
- What is the consensus on the Gardner fumble? I was SHOCKED that they upheld the call. I'm not sure what the replay guys look at as there were two TD calls in the Alabama/Auburn game that the refs went against what I expected.
Holy shit. That was probably the most consistently loud I've ever heard Michigan Stadium for a game. I think Under the Lights II had some louder moments when ND was on offense, but man. That was incredible.
The best part was that I was able to stand for the ENTIRE GAME and no one told me to sit down! The days where Michigan fans are quiet are gone, and I love it.
Making the huge assumption that PSU holds on to their 31-14 lead at #15 Wisconsin, the B1G Bowl picture has just gotten messy.
Wisconsin was a maybe for a BCS at-large bid.
The only known is that ohio will get a BCS bowl, win or lose in Indianapolis.
I personally want Michigan in the BWW Bowl because I think that gives them the best chance to win. Now if they play Georgia......interesting.