things go poorly
Most of "The Sky Is Falling" crowd have based their epinion on the fact that UMass is an FCS team (yes, boys and girls Div 1-AA has not existed since 2005) and that all FCS teams should be dominated by Michigan.
UMass was ranked #69 before the game. There are 120 FBS teams. Whoa, this can't possibly mean that Sagarin thought UMass was better than 51 FBS teams??!!
Uh, no -- Sagarin also ranked 2 other FCS teams above UMass. Thus, there are 53 FBS teams worse than UMass.
Non AQ teams like: The entire MAC except Temple, the entire CUSA except E. Carolina, Houston, Tulsa, 5 teams in the MW, the enitre SunBelt except Troy, the entire WAC except for 4 teams, Army and Navy.
Including the following AQ teams: Duke, Cincinatti, UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State, UCLA, Washington State, Mississippi, Vanderbilt.
I am not saying the "Sun Is Shining" and that was a great game. It was not good. But, it was nowhere near the debacle many have painted it.
I am rewatching the game right now. The defense isn't as bad as a whole as I initially thought. A lot of issues can be attributed to the linebackers right now. Edit: Kevin Leach just isn't quite capable of making enough consistent plays at this point. I am really impressed with Thomas Gordon, and I wouldn't mind seeing the coaches give him a shot at the OLB position (not sure what its called at this point) when Carvin Johnson is healthy. What do you think?
RR and player postgame presser embeds are here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/postgame-presser-embeds
For those that stopped watching and since the original thread for night games has stopped getting new comments, Iowa has came back to tie the game at 27. Amazing what happens when you don't turn the ball over.
How is the media totally ignoring our TACKLE CONTROVERSY?
srsly though, Lewan looked good in there today. I don't want to make too much of it because it was fresh legs vs. FCS team in the 4th quarter and all, but it's a positive indicator for his potential.
OTOH, Huyge has been pretty damn good himself. I think Lewan should start seeing more time because he is probably the future at LT. But, a rotation probably isn't the best idea on the OL due to gelling issues, etc.
I'd like to see him play the entire second half of BGSU, at least, to see what he is made of against an FBS opponent for an extended period of time. Thoughts?
UPDATE: You can compare the two at BIDP's offense every snap video. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-offense-vs-umass-every-snap Lewan begins at 5:33 and holy crap his second level blocking looks sick.
Michigan fans we are sitting on 3-0 and MSU looks primed for a good battle. Life is overall pretty good. If you are still up, maybe chill and take in some west coast.
Over on Foxsports UCLA v. Houston from the Rose Bowl, Rebecca Harlow is handling the sideline jabber. She is on this late Pac 10 game every week.
She is getting to me. I am leaning towards hot. I'd even say she tops Flanagan and Erin Andrews. And not that it matters, but she is a way better broadcaster. Check her out for a report or two and weigh in.