"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
UofM is ranked #29 in Pure Points (and #14 in ELO Chess what the BCS uses). Our next opponent, MSU is ranked #40 (and #16 in ELO Chess).
If the point predictor is accurate we should be a ~5.5 point favorite with the homefield advantage.
With all due apologies to Charlie Weis, our offense provides us a "decided schematic advantage". No late single score lead should be safe against this team
"When Indiana scored we looked up at the clock and it said a minute-15,", said wideout Junior Hemingway, who on the second play of the second half had scored on a 70-yard touchdown pass. "That's too much time."
I am glad that the players have this confidence (has it moved to swagger?). It will serve us well as we progress through the season. It is a competitive advantage we have over every team on our schedule.
This is also why I can enjoy watching our games this year without the anxiety from years past. Another teams lead really isn't safe against our offense.
Sorry to interrupt those pissed off at the 5-0 start. Feel free to resume your bitching about meaningless bullshit stats like Pam Ward did yesterday with her reference to Indiana dominating us in T.O.P. and number of first downs. ***sigh**
Some stupid non-meltdown questions on a Sunday morning:
Did Coach Lynch spit out his gum again when we scored?
Is there some Hoosier saving that gum for a "Legends of IU Football Coaching Museum"?
Is the gum from last year up on E-Bay?
2010 Michigan at Indiana HD H.264 / 1280x720 / MKV
MGoBlue highlights featuring PAM WARD:
Some on pace for numbers after 5 games. This is assuming a 13 game season. If Michigan can't win 1 more game the rest of the season, well.............:
Denard Robinson-255 carries, 2,353 yards, 21 TD's
174/250, 2,621 yards, 18 TD's, 3 INT's
Vincent Smith-138 carries, 655 yards, 10 TD's
10 catches, 55 yards, 3 TD's
Mike Shaw-114 carries, 637 yards, 13 TD's
16 catches, 138 yards
Roy Roundtree-65 catches, 876 yards, 5 TD's
Darryl Stonum-39 catches, 588 yards, 5 TD's
Martavious Odoms-36 catches, 429 yards
Junior Hemingway-22 catches, 696 yards, 3 TD's
Kelvin Grady-21 catches, 272 yards, 5 carries, 31 yards
Kevin Koger-10 catches, 86 yards, 3 TD's
Jonas Mouton-122 tackles, 9 TFL's, 3 sacks, 5 INT's, 3 BrUp's
Jordan Kovacs-120 tackles, 9 TFL's, 3 INT's, 3 FF's, 3 FR's
Cam Gordon-101 tackles, 3 TFL's, 5 INT's, 5 BrUp's, 3 blocked kicks
JT Floyd-91 tackles, 3 TFL's, 3 INT's, 5 BrUp's, 3 FF's
Obi Ezeh-78 tackles, 7 TFL's, 3 FR's
Craig Roh-47 tackles, 8 TFL's, 3 BrUp's
Greg Banks-44 tackles, 9 TFL's, 5 sacks
Mike Martin-44 tackles, 12 TFL's, 5 sacks
James Rogers-42 tackles, 5 BrUp's
Thomas Gordon-34 tackles, 8 TFL's, 3 sacks
Ryan Van Bergen-23 tackles, 7 TFL's, 3 sacks, 3 BrUp's
Kenny Demens-29 tackles, 3 TFL's
Gotta admit, State looked quite impressive against Wisconsin. Once they dissect the Indiana game film, their offensive coordinator will need to strap on a drool bucket when he considers a variety of ways to exploit our porous defense.
My quarter says that this coming Saturday we'll see the following unfold:
On offense, even though State doesn't have a Ben Chappell at the helm, they'll give added emphasize to the passing game after seeing how much cushion we're giving teams. They know we'll focus on stopping the run, so they'll focus on mid-range throws in an effort to control the clock and pick us apart. Their tight end will slide outside and cause us fits. Because Michigan will continue to play tentatively on defense and, for the most part, only bring 3-man pressure with GERG's "bend but don't break" philosophy, Cousins (like Chappell) will have time to find his targets.
On defense, their plan will be to keep Denard and our RBs corralled by cheating up and possibly shadowing DRob. State will emphasize taking away the run, period. Their plan will be to frustrate Denard and force him to make pressured and possibly errant throws. As such, Denard needs to be ready to scramble and find his open receivers -- and quickly -- because they will swarm to him and bring pressure. Denard will be sore after this one!
The Big House certainly helps us, but this game makes my sphincter quiver with anxiety.
I beseech you to allay my fears, brethren, and show me the error of my thought process.