Over the last few weeks, I have become increasingly frustrated with this team, and by extension, RR. I have been amongst the most vocul posters calling for his head and saying that a change was needed for us to regain our place amongst the college football elite. Those who have defended RR over this season pointed to our improved offense as a reason to stay the course. I have argued repeatedly that the offense was a mirage that faded against better defenses.
Yesterday's game - and not just the fact that we won (although it sure was nice) showed me that I may have been wrong. Not only was our offense dynamic, effective and exciting, but it was diverse. We mixed zone option runs, designed QB runs, short passes, slants and a hell of a downfield game with regularity. Our offensive playcalling was nothing short of amazing. I imagnie that when Brian UFR's the offense, we will see our greatest +# for RPS to date. Simply put, we looked as good on offense as Oregon.
I see the potential. DEnard will get better. He just earned another 16 winter practices - something that Michigan QBs have not had in 2 years. The already dominant line will get better. The receivers will stay great. And, next year, we should see one of our RBs step up and become a feature back. Hopkins looks like the man, but there are many options. By next season, we should be able to hang 30 on jst about anyone.
Even more importantly, watching the triple over time, I saw a team that didn't give up and player their asses off for each other and for their coach. RR has done a great job of building a "team" in the Bo sense of the word.
No, RR is still far from perfect. And ultimately, we do not know whether he will be the right guy to lead Michigan all the weay back. Sometimes it is just not possible to overcome a bad start. And then there is the defense. But, even I - one of RR's vocal critics of late - must concede (happily) that there is a strong case for keeping him. If Brandon is looking for improvement, this game should give him something to think about, because last year we would have folded midway through the fourth.
Great game, coach.
Just a quick question. Do the stats from overtime count toward team and player stats? Seems silly to include those stats when figuring because of the pinball stats usually included in these type games.
Last week a poll was posted that showed the expectations for wins in the remaining games. (Insert credit here to the OP). That polled showed the chances victories as follows:
Those expecations may have changed after the Illini win, but seems like they would probably still be approximately accurate. Based on those expectations.
Average expected regular season wins: 7.15
Regular Season Wins Chance
The overall chance of getting to 7-5 or better is 91%, but the chances of reaching that without a Purdue victory is only about 3% (pretty obvious).
BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them.
"I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."
While we are celebrating our bowl eligible incredible win, I'd like to take a moment out to tip the Maize and Blue hat to Joe Paterno. 400 wins at one university is one heck of an accomplishment and the way coaches come and go, may not happen again at a major university for a long time. It's absolutely amazing. I can only hope I'm as firey and able when I'm in my 80's. Congrats Coach! You deserve it.
350 points scored so far this year.
The highest scoring Wolverine team outside of Yosts 1901-1905 teams was in 2003 with a total of 460 including the Rose Bowl.
4 games to go, 111 points. 27.75 per game. @ Purdue and tOFU, home vs Wisc and Bowl Game X.
I think we'll see our highest scoring team of the last 100 years and yes, I'd rather consider that than the other side of the ball.