that is nice bonus change
I have an online dynasty starting year two. Is anyone interested in joining? We have five teams now (UM, Florida, Oregon, TCU and Auburn). We forward about once every five days. Reply with your username and I will invite you. Season is starting tonight. Have until Thursday to get game one in.
sorry if it is old news, but can someone update Shaw injury?
It's not too early to check team stats at http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-footbl/stats/2010-2011/confldrs.html. Michigan leads the conference in total offense, averaging 502 Yds/G.. Alas, we are dead last in total defense, allowing 439 Yds/G, 47 more Yds/G than Indiana. We achieved the latter distinction with the conference's worst pass defense, allowing 293 Yds/G and the second-worst rushing defense, allowing 146 Yds/G. Only Indiana allowed more rushing Yds/G.
On the bright side, our offensive stats are quite good on some measures--First Downs, Pass Offense, Time of Possession, turnover margin (we're holding onto the damn ball), 4th Down Conversions, and we rock on Red Zone Offense and Rushing Offense. Big surprise. And a pleasant surprise: we rank 5th on Pass Defense Efficiency, 3rd-DN Conversions, and Red Zone Defense. And we're doing great on Sacks Against and very good on 3r-DN Conversions.
Until we are well into the conference part of the season, these stats won't take on a hard edge. At best, after two games across a very wide selection of teams that includes some very tough cookies like Florida and Alabama, and many cupcakes, the week 2 stats might indicate a few tendencies. But regardless of the opponent, I'll be looking to see how how we stack up against Indiana MSU stack up in a couple weeks.
Just something I thought worth taking note and discussing:
While some have discussed that the referees have been quick to check on touchdown celebrations, the overall sportsmanship Michigan's players have shown is outstanding. After big hits/sacks/tackles the defense has been excited but limited. After HUGE touchdowns, the offense has quickly made sure the ball got to the referee and celebrated reasonably. Compare this to Rudolph's touchdown where he seemed to slow down, turning back to find the defense and celebrate and several other ND elements of celebration on the field. UConn was taken out of the field rather quickly so there's not a lot to compare it to head-to-head but after three days of college football, it stands out.
And while I'm at it:
The difference between UM 2008-August and UM August-Now is significant for more than Denard. Players know when they miss blocks despite 15 yard gains. They pound the field and know if they had gotten that one guy, it would have been a touchdown. This is huge. Even when Notre Dame (and UConn) missed catches while wide open in the secondary, UM players didn't celebrate - they discussed missed assignments. Of course when I noticed this, the next play UM got torched but the fact players seem to be "getting it" and learning with every play... it seems to be a big part of the growth of this team.