chance of bowl: 13.6%
The first third of the season is in the history books, and how many of us were expecting Michigan to be 4-0 at this point a month ago? Talk about a great position to be in to start the conference schedule.
Where we stand now, a .500 record (something that should be expected, but certainly not taken for granted) gives Michigan an 8-4 record, while finishing above .500 makes us 9-3 or better. Why can that happen? We have a dynamic offense that can put up points in a hurry and a schedule that sets up very favorably (most of the tougher swing games are at home - MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin). Why won’t it? We haven't put together a product that comes close to resembling a defense, and we don’t have a strong track record in the B10 over the past 2 years (despite a 4-0 start last season too!).
Regardless, where we stand now, most people's pre-season predictions (mine included) of 7-5 or 8-4 (before a bowl win!) would probably be met with a hint of disappointment. We are close to being back Wolverine fans. The hot seat talk has cooled down and expectations are changing. Get excited and Go Blue!
I didn't get to watch today's Ohio State game (or today's Michigan game, for that matter), but I was going through the game summaries, and I saw that Terelle Pryor had six touchdowns. Since Ohio State ended up winning by 53 points, it didn't seem right to me, so I looked at the play by play. Pryor racked up all those yards and touchdowns because he was in the game until almost the fourth quarter! Ohio State had a drive start with 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and were up 45-20. It's only 25 points, but c'mon, it's Eastern. I think this was a surprisingly unsportsmanlike move by Tressel, who seems to be a pretty stand up guy normally. On that drive, they scored a touchdown on what must have been some sort of trick play, because it was a pass from Jordan Hall to Pryor. He came out of the game after that, up 52-20.
I tried to think of reasons Tressel would run up the score in such a way. I first thought that was Woody coaching again, and he threw EMU in with M because they're close. He didn't, however, go for 2. On a more serious note, maybe he saw Pryor falling behind Denard in stats and acclaim, so he wanted to give him a big day so people would start talking about him again? I don't know, but running up the score on a bad MAC team doesn't really sit right with me. I would be disappointed if Rodriguez did something similar.
Last week, Rodriguez said he would have taken Denard out if we had the ball with an 18 point lead in the second half, but UMass kept scoring (thanks defense) so he left him in. Today, there were like 2 passes in the 4th quarter--almost all runs by Cox, Fitz and Gardner. Rodriguez wasn't trying to score 73 points like Oregon or OSU.
I'm champing at the bit to get into the B10 schedule now, and waiting 7 days may kill me. Who knows about Indiana? (Looks like they're on their way to 3-0.) How is their defense? Where is the talent on that team? Can they stop Michigan? Can our D stop them? I assume we'll be favored, but by how much? A TD?
I've been sitting in the student section for the past 5 years now, and I've seen many idiotic things done by my fellow students, and I've heard some pretty moronic things as well, but today I was surrounded by the epitome of asinine (Sec. 30, ~Row 23, you know who you are).
For some reason, many of my fellow "Wolverines" felt it was a good idea and maybe even funny to mock and put down our own Tate Forcier, before the game was even underway. Here are a few examples:
- "F#%& Tate" (in chant form)
- "Transfer, already!"
- "Hey, Tate, did you bring your own wings today?"
These continued well into the game, even when Tate drove the length of the field for a TD. Needless to say, it pissed me off to no end, and I was very happy when they left near the end of the 3rd quarter.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't be an ass, even if you don't like a particular player. They still play for the Maize and Blue, they're still young (most of them), and they're playing their hearts out to win for YOU! I hope Tate's great play, modesty and positive attitude showed these cretins the error of their ways.
[The soapbox is now open for use.]
When he retrieved the ball and he went throught the motion of kneeling down, his right foot step past the endzone; I don't know if we got a 'completing the process' process in college ball, but shouldn't that have been a safety? Or no...?
First of all, I'm not saying that Tate performed at a level even close to what Denard has been able to do. However, that being said, when Tate came in for Denard, our offense took on another look for our opponent to defend. So I was thinking, if we put up more than 60 points with our starting quarterback on the sidelines then why couldn't Rich Rod use Tate to throw the defense for a loop more often? I was just wondering what everyone else's thoughts were on this.