I'll just give you a quick summary of what is being said in T-Town (That's Tuscaloosa for all of you north of Kentucky).
-Most fans believe that since Les Miles is a "Michigan Man", that Michigan will get a lot of input from him on how to beat Alabama.
-A lot of fans are convinced that Bama's D can make Denard Robinson a solely zone read QB. That Michigan's coaches won't have Denard putting the ball in the air all that often.
-Our secondary is young, so a lot of people are worried that Denard will be able to get chunks of yardage downfield on plays that he keeps alive.
-Quite a few fans believe this will be a lot like Bama's game against Va-Tech in 09, with Michigan scoring less than Va Tech managed.
-People are genuinely scared of Denard's ability to throw on the run.
-They were not impressed by the videos of Michigan's scrimmage. (Just a quick insight on that. People who put stock in Spring game, or practice scrimmage video are foolish)
-Most fans believe a "Shotgun Zone read" offense will be ineffective at moving the ball against Alabama.
-These are smart fans, they know Michigan is still recovering from a a size problem under the Rich Rodriguez era.
-Michigan's defense is an area of concern for a lot of folks. They know Mattison has beaten the Tide before, and know he can dial up a scheme that will cause us problems.
-Trent Richardson is gone, but this is probably the best offensive line that Alabama has had in 20 years. 4 returning starters give us a lot of hope that the running game won't suffer any setbacks.
-A few of the smarter posters have been warning people about the impact Ondre Pipkins could have. We think he'll play, and we think he'll see major time against us. (After watching this kids tape, I'm so happy Barrett Jones switched to center, Yikes!)
It's far too early for me to go into full break down mode, we have all summer for that. I'll continue sharing info from across enemy lines that hopefully we'll give you guys good reading material.
On a personal note. A lot of Bama fans have realized that I'm on here now, so I catch a lot of flack for it. I think we could see a few of the better posters join MgoBlog closer to the game, and I hope they do, they'd be a big plus to this community.
Edit: I should have noted that these are from 3-4 different sites. Sorry guys, I got lazy, it's been a very long week already and I'm exhausted.
Timeline about the history of Michigan Football. Dont know how to embed but here is the link.
So Jim Delany is a nut job. This is an e-fact. Apparently his friends in the other conference are also nut jobs (this is not news). His idea of a playoff system includes the Rose Bowl (Pac12 vs. B1G) as a separate game that could theoretically count as a semifinal game. This is a horrible idea even if it benefits the B1G.
This is one of the "finalists" for the "playoff" that FBS football is moving to.
Jason Kirk runs through scenarios from the past few years. (also contains a link to the proposal) here: http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/4/4/2925390/rose-bowl-college-football-playoffs
I didn't see this posted yet. I think he makes some really good points, but his reasoning is somewhat off. NCAA may be raking in money (I'm not sure what their profits vs. revenue looks like) but most schools are not. Only 22 athletic departments turned a profit in 2010. As we know from the arguments going on with full-cost-of-attendance scholarships, the schools that are not turning a profit do not feel like they can afford to give athletes any more than what they do currently.
(Will embed below.)
As many of you probably read Joe Mathis (4* SDE from California) reported to Tremendous this weekend while going to the Midwest Showcase in Detroit, then cancelled his visit to due to personal reasons. However, there has been another change in plans according to Tremendous:
I'm late to the party, but just confirmed with Joe Mathis that he's coming to Michigan this weekend. Resume your anticipation.
It seems like he will be visiting Ann Arbor on Friday, before going to the Showcase during the weekend. This has the makings of being an important weekend for SDE recruiting, as according to MGoBlueGR:
One remaining need for the class is a strong side DE, so the coaches got 3 different 4 star SDEs to visit this week! #goblue
The two other DEs visiting this weekend are Josh Augusta and Wyatt Teller
Let the excitement recommence.