We are 3 point favorites this weekend, apparently even after J.T. Floyd's injury, which surprised me. Illinois, after stomping Indiana and Purdue the last two weeks, appears to be a much better team than we are. They also destroyed Penn State earlier in the year. Obviously our defense is in shambles and may be even more so after losing Floyd. We haven't been able to stop anyone, including an FCS team and a walk on QB. Yes, our offense has been moving the ball incredibly well, but it has also been prone to turnovers and inconsistency.
Anyway, I don't intend to convey pessimism; quite the contrary - I'm wondering whether this spread indicates some reason for optimism. What does the gambling public know that I'm missing? What have people seen that make them say, "I'm putting my hard-earned cash on Michigan"? Just curious what people think...
It's one thing for UM fans to mock our defense, because we do it with pain and love and desperate hope for improvement, but Ivan Maisel is now calling out our defense and making a joke of it. This has gone on long enough.
UM Defense -- please make Maisel eat his words this weekend. Don't do it for the fans. Don't do it for the program. Do it for yourselves. You are way better than this.
... if insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then the Michigan defense may need a competency hearing.
The three winningest programs in the history of college football -- Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame -- are a combined 13-12. The Wolverines are 5-3, thanks to their Brett Favre defense -- neither one knows how to get off the field
Special teams coverage is laughable. Rutgers returned a punt with 5 unblocked guys in his face at the catch. All 5 assumed fair catch. Guy runs right past them. 10 blockers were then on 6 defenders. Touchdown Rutgers.
The ensuing kick off, returns it 63 yards, but there's a hold on the opposite side of the field unrelated to the return, therefore pushing USF back to the 12 yard line or so.
1st Q just ended, tied 7-7.
Uh oh...T-Woolf (@TWoolf29) is on the prowl. Two tweets from the last hour:
Yall journalist disgust me, y'all read someones tweets and shape a story based off of what you think is being said. Find out the facts!
and, minutes later,
I'm going to find out the lazy reporter who wrote that article and do something cause they got me in trouble over something I didn't say.
I am reminded of a similar situation . . .
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A nice pick me up video by the YouTube user InRichRodWeTrust called We'll Make It I Swear. On a week that has offered little hope, here is some, be it false hope or not.