"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."
Only other matchup of 2 Top 20 teams next Sat is 'Bama vs SC in Columbia. ABC nite games are USC @ Stanford (both lost today) or FSU @ Miami - Herbie could jet to either location from AA easy. Thoughts?
I absolutely cannot wait to see D Hart in the backfield next year with Denard. As good as this offense is, adding Hart will give us the chance to control the clock and make our playing drives 5 plays instead of 2 to 3.
I have no doubt that D Hart (and probably half his team after they visit for WI) are coming to Michigan, and it is going to make greatness even better... if that is possible. I love this Michigan team.
On another note How important is Tate too this team? I think today really showed it. He came in on 2nd and 2 and we didn't convert when we could have sealed the game. I know he is paying a lot more attention on the sideline now, but today stressed how important it is for him to come in ready to strap it on. He makes the first read correct on 2nd down we would have had a first down and potentially a sustained drive that would have let Denard shake out more of the cobwebs that made the next few possessions ineffective.
Stanford's defense, playing 9 upperclassmen and 2 sophomores on defense (compared to M playing 5 underclassmen, sometimes more and as many as 5 freshmen) gives up 626 yards and 52 points to a spread offense.
Oregon: 626 yards on 80 plays, 7.825 yd/play
Indiana: 568 yards on 98 plays, 5.8 yd/play
Michigan: 574 yards on 45 plays, 12.756 yd/play
Be careful what you wish for...
Well, after the debacle today, USC should fire Monte Kiffin. I mean, his D gave up 31 points and 537 yards to a Washington team that is 66th in total offense and 66th in scoring offense and lost to a 1-4 BYU team. Don't know why USC hired that guy.... [sarcasm]
But seriously, even with all the blue chippers that USC stockpiled during Carroll, USC defense has struggled. Hawaii even shredded them. Could it be the talent or inexperience? (I used Rivals ratings)
Nickell Robey - true frosh CB (4*)
Shareece Wright - senior CB (4*)
Jawanza Starling - sophomore safety (4*)
TJ McDonald - sophomore safety (5*)
Hmm, does this look similiar to some other team that we know?
James Rogers - senior CB (4* WR)
JT Floyd - RS soph CB (3*)
Cam Gordon - RS freshman safety (4* WR)
Thomas Gordon - RS freshman safety (2*)
Jordan Kovacs - RS soph safety (Walk-on)
Even one of the best D coordinators of all time (Kiffin), hasn't been able to turn USC's D into a shutdown unit. Experience is so key in college. Everyone thinks that freshmen, blue chippers, and new starters can just jump in and become All-American players instantly. It takes experience, gametime and in the system, for players to fully blossom. I think Michigan fans should heed this advice as we watch our D, especially young and inexperienced in the secondary, go through growing pains. Monte Kiffin isn't going anywhere, and neither is Greg Robinson.
I hate that Juice Williams holds the record for the most yards by an individual in a single game at Michigan Stadium, 431 yards. I am reminded of that every time I see my former college roommate, who is a big Illini fan. As much as I would love to see Denard break it next week, the same buddy is coming to visit and we're going to the Iowa game, and I would love to let him witness in person the breaking of Juice Williams' record. Over or under 2 weeks before Denard breaks this record?
Not in HD. But for anyone interested.