It's late Saturday and starting Monday the content will be more pointed, but while we're still stuck wondering how Michigan will do this year I figure I'll make a case for why I think our defense will do very well (I'm bored waiting for the season to start and have been drinking, so if this sucks, neg at will).
I've been reading a lot of the smart football blog and I like his take on hybrid players in a base defense. Obviously a lot of Michigan's success relies on "staple" players (aka players who play one position typically) like Will Campbell, but when you look at our defense there are a lot of "hybrid" players. Beyer, Gordon, Clark, Roh, etc. have all played multiple positions to mixed success. With Mattison at the helm, I think we can stack up against power teams and I really think we are fast enough to play the spread teams pretty well. I could be wrong, but discuss.
UPDATED: In arguably the biggest game in the history of Michigan High School Football, defending D1 State Champion, #9 Cass Tech has knocked off defending D2 State Champion, #2 Brother Rice 25-18.
Stats of note:
WR/CB Damon Webb (2014) 2 Rec for 100yds 2 Rec TD, 2 FF, 1 Fumb Rec, Game-winning INT
QB Jayru Campbell (2015) 11-23 Passing 1 TD 2 INT
CB/WR Jourdan Lewis (2013, Commit) 2 rec for 52yds 1 TD Pass
Cass Tech is the only Detroit PSL team to have won a non-conference game this week. Up next they face Northwestern in their home opener Friday.
|8/25||#2 Birmingham Brother Rice (at WSU)||W 25-18||8:30pm||0-1|
|9/14||Cody (at Northwestern)*||4pm||0-1|
|9/21||at Orchard Lake St. Mary's||7pm||0-1|
|10/5||Mumford (at Renaissance)*||4pm||0-1|
|10/12||PSL Semifinals OR Crossover Game||TBA||TBA|
|10/19||PSL Finals OR Crossover Game||TBA||TBA|
What are your plans for the last 168 hours until Team 133 begins their conquest for victory?
For all who are not in Michigan and would like to watch the Lions play the Raiders here you go.
Edit: The following is the local stations for the Lions games in Michigan:
- WXYZ (Channel 7 in Detroit)
- WFQX (FOX 33; Cadillac/Traverse City)
- WXMI (FOX 17; Grand Rapids)
- WSYM (FOX 47; Lansing)
- WJMN (CBS 3; Marquette/Escanaba)
- WNEM (CBS 5; Saginaw/Flint/Bay City)
- WTOL/WUPW (FOX 36; Toledo/Ohio)
If you don't have time to watch the whole preview, scroll down for clips of Hoke, Mattison, Borges, Denard, Kovacs and Lewan.
EDIT: I added the FS Detroit preview and changed the title.
BTN Preview (full broadcast):
BTN Preview Torrent:
FS Detroit Preview: