On a positive note, Denard finished the game with 122 yards today including that explosive 67 yarder that was incredible to see in person. This brings his career total to 4,395 yards--just 85 yards short of Pat White's 4,480 with a bowl game left to play. I know a few weeks ago it looked like a lost cause, but I now think he has a great shot of doing it.
Anyways, just trying to bring some happiness to the board and I didn't see this posted yet.
As a side note, chill out people. Please. Yell at your cat or punch a pillow instead. Don't give these guys any more satisfaction than they already have.
I'm so sick of the media falling all over the Irish. I certainly would rather not hear about them every day for the next month.
Can a freshman QB lead the Trojans to a win? Does Marquise Lee make a Heisman statement tonight? Does the complete sham of ND's undefeated season come to an end tonight? Is it wrong for me to want ND's fans to feel the kind of sadness I feel after The Game today?
NO BORGES TALK IN THIS THREAD PLZ
Jerry Kill had another seizure, this one at halftime during the Gopher's game with Michigan State. He is recovering at home.
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.