chance of bowl: 13.6%
While looking at both Scout and Rivals, I noticed that Scout has us listed at 11 commits for 2011. The one that stood out to me was Antonio Kinard. Now, I realize that he is at Hargrave Military Academy playing post graduate football, but I wasn't aware that the scholarship was being held for him while he does this. In a past UV, Brian stated that UM has taken Military Academy kids (including Chris Perry), but I wasn't quite sure how their commitments went as far as failing to qualify, but keeping a scholarship for when they do qualify. I am also confused on why Rivals would not be saying he is a commit if he was a sure thing to come to UM. Can anyone offer any insight on this type of thing?
No one is happy with the state of the D. Okay. But this is not a recent phenomenon. Go back to the 2006 OSU game, that D gave up 503 yards and 42 points. The next game, USC played it conservative in the first half until they started throwing the ball at which point they completed @ 12 straight (not attempted, completed). The following fall brought us "The Horror" which yielded 34 points to a 1AA tam. And then came a lovely 39 point, 624 yard game to Oregon. Later that year Wisconsin topped it off with a 37 point, 477 yard performance. And that was all under Lloyd's watch (a Defense minded, conservative coach). We all know the early RichRod era results.
My point is, the D has been susceptible to passing AND running attacks since the end of the 2006 season. There are many reasons but one key one is: Michigan has traditionally had LB's that were geared to stop the run and hopefully not hurt you in passing situations. That doesn't cut it anymore. Obi Ezeh (bless his run stopping heart), even in his interviews speaks to the fact that he comes off the field in passing downs now. Jonas Mouton is the best coverage LB (remember he was a safety in high school). If you blitz Mouton, who do you have left in the LB group to play coverage (Ezeh, Roh, Leach, Demens, Fitzgerald). All of them are run stopping LB's.
It's easy to argue a 4-2 would be better, but that would assume you have 5 DB's who would count as your best 11 players. Maybe next year or the year after.
Sadly, I think this adds up to the coaches are doing the best with what they have. If you want to blame the coaches for lack of recruiting, fine, but start where it all began, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Hopefully, Jack Ryan, Isiah Bell, Mike Jones, and others start the trend LB's who can stop the run and cover people. Until then, enjoy the offense.
So I was starting to think about the attendance for this game and how it might compare to the record setting game against UConn. I feel like we should be able to break it again as there could be more away fans than the first game. Is it possible to approach 115,000?!?!
This is a going to be a great game against a big rival (3rd biggest?), what does the MGoCommunity predict for numbers?
I say north of 114,000.
Week 5 edition of This Week in Schadenfreude is up. Incredibly, we have JOINT tears of unfathomable sadness winners in Tennessee and LSU.
It's good stuff, kids...
I saw we made a Scouts Inc. preview so I clicked on it for ESPN. (No link Insider Info) After years of reading this blog I have lost faith in the mainstream analysts realizing they do zero research, but I thought Scouts Inc. was little better than listening to Mark May & Lou Holtz ramble because they actually did some research and you know like....scout teams. Guess not.
So they go thru the match up board on who's got the edge
OL- Mich-Take it I guess
WR-MSU-If you say so it's close
DL-MSU-Eh I can make an argument but how can you defend our D
Another media outlet discredited. Classic
Worth voting? Is this rigged? Not publicised well?