the season has truly begun now
In case anyone cares, the Sportsnation poll on the ESPN college football front page asks the nation's opinion on the "Cap One Cup Impact Performance of the Week". Denard Robinson's performance against ND is on the list along with the following:
- Ohio State's Cameron Heyward INT stops Miami drive.
- South Dakota's Dante Warren 3 passing TD, 2 rushing TD in win vs. Minnesota.
- Oklahoma's Landry Jones throws for 380 yards , 4 TDs vs. Florida State.
The numbers for Denard (in case you live under a rock) are 258 rushing yards and 244 passing yards (not even a mention of his TDs, WTF?!). Denard is the obvious winner with 64% of the votes (currently). Dilithium is indeed impressive, and it's always good to see him getting some love outside of the Big Ten and the Michigan fan-base.
Also, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, and Go Blue!
If i had a team i hated nearly as much as the Muckeyes, it would be Notre Dame. So to my suprise when i was looking for some highlights on youtube to post on my facebook account. I came across a video, thought it might be a portion of today's game. To my suprise and disgust, it was some ND fan spouting off about U of M. Getting to my point, im sure i will find others that do them. I just wanted to post the video, so you too could laugh as hard as i did at the fool. Please feel free to post your feelings on it aswell.
Edit: mea culpa, didn't catch the post on Thursday. will search by youtube names first next time.Could be amusing post game, and worth the 2nd post to scoff at him more. Sorry
Can we learn to wrap up? Please? I can see we are trying to be aggressive and force turnovers, but there was a lot of really sloppy tackling today.
I like the big plays but we gave up a lot bigger of ones than we needed to.
I do not want to come off as a debbie downer amist this glorious win. I am enjoying it thoroughly. However I've begun my analysis of the game and I have a question about our RBs.
Here are the rushing stats per the official site:
Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg -------------------------------------------- Robinson, D. 28 258 0 258 2 87 9.2 Smith, Vincent 7 17 0 17 0 6 2.4 Shaw, Michael 5 12 0 12 0 5 2.4 Hopkins, S. 1 1 0 1 1 1 1.0 Totals... 41 288 0 288 3 87 7.0 I would have thought that last week put a target on Denard's back and ND would try to stop him, giving more room for Shaw and Smith to work on the option...but that didn't seem to be the case. These guys pretty much got stuffed. Now I know that Denard is 100% Dilithium awesomeness, but it's the same Oline blocknig for the back and Denard, so why can he make so much out of nothing? Is it purely that Denard is that awesome? Are our RBs not as good as we hoped? Is Denard handing off when he should be keeping, thus putting the RBs in a bad situation? Are the RBs not hitting the right holes or dancing too much? Just wondering what your thoughts are. I thought maybe UConn just didn't game plan for Denard so RRod milked it. But after today, I felt like Denard was our only option running the ball and I was frustrated any time someone else got stuffed. I'd be curious to see peoples opinions on why this is happening until the UFR drops. I seriously expected Grand Canyon-esque holes for the RBs to run through today hoping everyone keyed on Denard.
"There was one play where the ref gave 59 (left guard Chris Stewart) a warning. He held the heck out of me and I looked at the ref and he just went over to 59 and was like, 'Hey, watch it.' And I'm like, 'This isn't like a speeding ticket, where you get a warning!' But that's something you just can't control."
I know it is early and rankings mean nothing at this point, but it is still nice to be listed in the top 25. It also doesn't hurt from a recruiting perspective to be in the top 25. As of this post, 6 ranked teams have lostthis week (although 4 of those were to higher ranked teams) and 2 others struggled to beat nobodys (WVa, por exemplo).
Add in our victory over a "returning to glory," Brian Kelly coached, NBC and Gary Danielson endorsed, Joe Montana ('s son) led ND, and I see us in the top 25, likely around 23-25.