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I'll go first.
I'm a little curious about the starting RB situation. If Rawls was the starter, why did Smith get (seemingly) 80% of the carries? Was it a diversion for the Alabama D's prep work? (BTW, I hold Smith in high regard; he is tough!)
Also, it was a little surprising that Roundtree was targeted very little. I spit a mouthful of water out unintentionally after the DG TD; my wife said, "Well at least that play finally worked!" Oh, it sure did!
I feel that Michigan played a strong game against an excellent team that will dominate its conference (and division this time?). They did not give up; they nearly outplayed Bama in the second half & they scored more points than LSU did!
OL/DL strength; guess which team walked away with the pair of sacks!
All in all, It's Still Great to Be a Michigan Wolverine!
I'm not a offical playa hater but if you want to bitch about one of the following: The band almost not going, our Uniforms, numbers on helmets, d-line gettin blown up, o-line gettin blown up, Denard gettin blown up, our running backs gettin blown up, our db's getting beat deep again and again, stupid penalties(lewan), dave brandon, brent mustburger(i did that on purpose), dee hart, rich rodriguez recruiting undersized linemen, Did I miss anything? please share.
Edit: Please be advised that everyone deals with disappointment differently and this thread is intended to allow people the opportunity to express their negative feelings towards tonights game. Additionally, This will allow all positive minded people to go to another thread and start to plan for a positive outcome for next weeks game. I intended to do this after a night of hating. Thank you. Please don't Neg bang, i'm trying to keep all the hater's in one thread.
Let the hate continue into the night!!!!!!!!
Yes, this is a reality check. A kick in the teeth, with the taste of blood and astroturf to pick out of our mouths for the next 6 days. With that said, we squared off against a darn good squad and fought to the end. We had opportunities that we did not capitilize on, especially early. Passes that sailed just too long or were dropped. Holes that were missed. By the time we got anything resembling a rythem, we were down by 3 scores and it was all but over. This put the defense out there for a way to long and... well... the talent gap definetly showed as we bounced off their backs like water off a ducks back.
A note on the offense... There seemed to be a hesitency around how much to run Denard; deciding way to late to screw it and let him run. Not that this would have radically altered the outcome, but I think we would have approached the first 25 minutes differently and kept the game a bit closer.
With that said, I am still very high on this team. I like out chances against the rest of our schedule (barring more injuries). I like that we will go against MSU having already faced smash-mouth team that is even bigger & tougher then Sparty. I think this will make us more prepared for their 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness. I think the coaches can use this film to teach some very good lessons that we would not have otherwise received by plaing a patsy.
Losing sucks, especially on the big stage with everyone watching. However, once this team clicks (especially on offense), I think we can win any game on the rest of our schedule (please not I did not say we will, just that we can). We are definitely not a top 4 team, but we can establish ourselves as a legit # 6-12 team and contend for the BiG Championship this year.
The game was not pretty; it was a beat down. I do, however, see some areas for hope.
Dennis Norfleet looks to be an emerging star on kick off returns.
The team fought to the end.
We got this loss in our first game, and it's the most talented team on our schedule.
Any other positives you can think of?
LOOK AT THE KITTENS! AND THE PUPPIES!!!