spoiler alert: i linked this
I am awake and it is real. Somehow, this terrifies me more than if we had lost. I still have no real idea what our true potential is. There was a lot of suck, and a lot of awesome on both sides of the ball and I am left here to try and repiece together the fragments of my exploded mind. Here are my Saturday thoughts:
1. From what I can remember, it seemed like nearly every effective offensive play fell into the category of "Eye-Popping Denard Highlight Reel" stuff. The lack of production from the running backs has been discussed extensively already, but I really missed the consistent, controlled offensive drives we saw against Western. I love when Denard goes into unchained animal mode, but bread and butter running and short passing would be a welcome sight in the Big Ten season.
2. I can't help but feel that Denard and Borges are turning a big corner after last night, and that thrills me. Is there any doubt now concerning what Denard can and can't do? Maybe I am crazy and still riding the victory wave, but I have a feeling that to a large extent the sadly disappointing Denard that ruled in the first three quarters will be absent in future games. I am fully prepared to eat this words and hate myself over the next couple of months though.
3. I am insanely grateful that we do not have to face Floyd again. That being said, I'm very worried about the MSU game now. I don't think they have any receivers on his level that just seem unstoppable, but that game could also turn scary.
4. Greg Mattison, you are the king and messiah of adjustments. I honestly have no idea what happened in the second half, but somehow we had a number of tremendous defensive plays.
5. There is a chance, a chance I hate even bringing myself to hope in, that this team could end up being pretty solid by the end of the year. I am not used to the idea of a team actually improving as the season wears on, but there are encouraging signs that this team could pull that feat off. Again, prepared to eat these words.
6. It is great, so very great, to be a Michigan Wolverine.
At one point during the game, they announced that some kind of super high-res photo had been taken of the stadium, with approximately eleventy billion pixels. It was said that after it was posted, you'd be able to zoom in and see all the individual people in the stands.
They said it would be posted within 24 hours of the game, but I don't recall where exactly they said it would be... anyone know?
*Time at start of drive per ESPN http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/playbyplay?gameId=312530130&period=4
8PM tonight on BTN as their "Game of the Week". For those who missed it or want another opportunity to dvr the game.
was former Michigan center Steve Everitt.
SI story about his toughness here.
[Ed-M: I confirmed this with Ablauf (see Dear Diary). Here's what he said:
We (Michigan) and the Big Ten will count the stats toward our team records. The NCAA will not because of a rule that states that you must complete three quarters of play for the statistics to count for NCAA purposes.
NCAA will count it as a win, but the stats won't count.]
ESPN reporting that the NCAA ruled the stats for the WMU game are to be vacated due to the shortened game. Not sure about the W, L. Attendance remains in the books.