things go poorly
Michigan is up to #11 in the updated Sagarin ratings. It is so early in the season as to be laughingly meaningless, but still fun to see.
We should no longer fear ND, or Wisky and PSU for that matter. A computer told me so.
Just saw this on the OS website.
Some notes as per the writer:
- Michigan looks to be back in the driver's seat for Hart.
- Patti says they were not prepared for the cold, but it "wasn't that cold".
- Michigan officials were kind enough to adorn them in Michigan gear.
- Patti has an early list of Michigan, Oregon, UNC, and FSU.
- Patti says the atmosphere was "awesome/stadium going crazy/top notch".
As every one knows safety Avery Walls was in town this past weekend for the game against U Conn. He was on an official visit with his brother, and this was his third time in Ann Arbor. He did not commit, which was not surprising or disappointing. No one felt that he would make his decision this fast.
This was however his first time in Ann Arbor for a game atmosphere. "The game was great, and the visit went great," he said. Staying for a couple days also gave him a chance to talk with the coaches more in depth, and get a feel for them. "I had a great talk with all the coaches, and Coach Hott did a great job of taking care of me and my family," Avery said.
Walls is expected to take an official visit out to Oregon on October 2nd, and one to Cal on October 9th. With that being said Avery has seen a lot of good things at Michigan, and this visit was something he really enjoyed. "This visit helped Michigan a lot. I'm going to be watching their next few games," he said.
There have been rumors that Michigan may lead for Avery, and I wouldn't doubt those rumors at this point. We all know with recruiting though, anything can happen.
Here are highlights from his first game of the season this year:
re-engineered the shell, bumper case not required.
I went across a couple ND blogs and put together some very "telling" comments. I mostly picked out the "bad" passages as that'll make me sleep better at night. Enjoy.
Notre Dame has major problems defending the perimeter which should be a big concern with Michigan and Denard Robinson coming to town next weekend. Look for Notre Dame to play a lot of nickel next week to get more speed on the field.
The front 3 got a nice push at times, but were pretty inconsistent. Ian Williams did a nice job collapsing the pocket at times, but outside of the first drive of the second half, the push just wasn’t there from the front 3 most of the time.
The offense had its moments, but was very inconsistent.
Dayne Crist .... On the negative side, he threw underneath too often and had trouble putting touch on his passes down the field. He had Floyd open for touchdowns twice in the 4th quarter but over threw him. He needs to just keep the ball in play there and let Floyd get it. Crist also had Rudolph open for a touchdown in the second, but air mailed it forcing Notre Dame to settle for field goals both times.
The offensive line is still a work in progress. Both new tackles - Zack Martin and Taylor Dever - struggled at times both with their assignments and their blocking when they did get their assignments right. It’s tough to start two tackles with such little experience so this much is to be expected. Both will benefit the most among the offensive line from film study.
The push from the defensive line was better and the secondary did a good job keeping things in front of them most of the day, BUT, the tackling still left a lot to be desired
This defense has got to figure out a way to contain the QB option prior to Michigan’s arrival next week.
I can’t shake the feeling that, were Purdue playing with a more experienced QB and line (to say nothing of Ralph Bolden), this game could have been much different.
Crist did a nice job managing the game, but definitely missed opportunities to hit open men (particularly in the red zone) against a very bad and inexperienced secondary (he also nearly had two passes picked off, including his first of the day). It was his first game and, generally, he played well, but as the season progresses and the defenses improve, he needs to start seeing the field better.
The coaches are going to need to work on ball-handling this week. Crist was stripped in the first half, Allen fumbled and got it back (he also lost the ball as he was going out of bounds on his great punt return) , Floyd had his big gaffe and Cierre Wood fumbled on his kickoff return in the fourth quarter. The Irish were lucky this wasn’t something that hurt them too badly this week, but it needs to be addressed before it becomes a major issue.
This post is for those of you out there that are really worried about the ND game after watching every play of the UConn game in slo-mo HD and coming to the conclusion that our defense played horribly. (Personally I think they played very well, all things considered, but I won't try to convince you.)
First of all, try to realize that although a W this weekend could propel us to an excellent season, a loss is not reason to panic, freak out, or give up on the season.
Looking at our schedule, I knew we needed to win at least 1 of these first 2 games. That's why I was so nervous for UConn, because if we lost that one there would be a huge amount of pressure on the ND game.
Now of course I want to beat the hell out of ND this weekend. It would likely lead us to a 5-0 start with MSU and Iowa coming into Ann Arbor after that.
But if we lose this game, we are still alright. We will still be heavily favored to beat UMass, BGSU, and Indiana. And the key stretch of the season will be MSU, Iowa, and @PSU.
Win 1(!) of those 3, and that puts us at 5 wins with Illinois and Purdue still on the schedule. 7 wins will still be very attainable.
Obviously, I don't want it to be so close that we cannot afford to lose to any inferior teams because we all know how that can go. BUT with an X-factor like Denard, I think Michigan beats the teams they are supposed to beat this season.
Basically, I am writing this post because based on some of the comments I have seen from Michigan fans the past few days, I have a feeling that there will be a big freak out next week if we aren't able to get the road win.
Let's keep everything in perspective and realize that the season will not be won or lost this Saturday in South Bend.
With that being said, I hope we stomp them into the ground.