there would have to be some to wash away
As I watch this true freshman play I have to say I am pretty impressed. Not bad at all for a scout/rivals 2 star...
Something to think about when it comes to being critical of our own recruits and where they might rank or how many stars they might or might not have.
It seemed like they may have had a guy or two on DRob all day. Throwing it out for comment.
Side note: UMass crowd was small but good natured. Even their band did the wave with the crowd today. Great half-time show by both bands.
I know today was a frustrating win but a win nonetheless. It happens and I was just as disappointed as I'm sure the rest of you were but a win in spite of what I'm sure was some pretty sloppy play (I wont know how sloppy till I get home - been in CEU's all day in Houston and cant wait to get home to watch the ultra tape-delay) is still a win. I have every confidence in RR and "The TEAM" to watch the film, learn some lessons and make the appropriate corrections. However what I'm concerned with is what the attending recruits and the recruits around the country that we're after had to say or thought about the team coming together and pulling out the win after getting stunned? If anything else it shows a ton of character. These guys will be great given time. I would think the recruits and especially the parents of those recruits would want to be around a group of guys like ours that can pull it together instead of turning on each other. They could have chose either. So - has anyone for that matter heard anything?
Edit: Please note that all reference questions directed toward Tom have been removed.
Does it seem to anyone else that a good FCS team might be better than a bad FBS team?
Here is why I ask. I watched James Madison beat VT last week, and obviously UMASS today, and both of those teams looked better than some of the lower ranked MAC schools (Ohio, EMU, ect.) and some of the teams like Western Kentucky. I am starting to think that if a team is a Top 25 school in the FCS that they might be able to go 6-6 in one of the weaker conferences (MAC, Sun Belt, C-USA.)
My point is that if you play a team like this it is completely possible that they will come out and give you a reason to worry (like UMASS did to us today.) I know we all think we should have rolled today, but these teams are getting better and we maybe we shouldn't be as surprised as we are that UMASS hung tough today.
It's often said that holding could be called on every play in football. So: are we really getting the short shrift on these holding calls, as it clearly appears we are, or is it more that we are getting an excellent pass rush and are noticing the holding more?
I re-watched the 2009 UM-ND game today and it was interesting -- there were a ton of holding calls in that game. The announcers said that the Big Ten was emphasizing holding calls that year, and had sent tapes to all the programs describing what they would be calling. Seems like they were a year early.
I was just hoping to get some opinions on a few scenarios. If for some reason we happen to go 5-7 and not make a bowl game do you think with the amazing strides the offense has taken in just 1 year that Rich Rod can convince whoever is in charge of his continued employment that a new DC is the answer and he will do a better job picking the new one than he did with GERG (assuming we continue to struggle all year) and if in the offseason he decideds to hire a new DC, what do you guys think about going to the FCS to find the new DC. It doesn't seem like it should be too hard to get the DC from the best defensive team in the FCS to come to U of M.