he grew a beard
So, the polls have not come out yet but it will be very interesting.
Most of the polls either discount or downright ignore FCS games so last week's close game against UMass was basically a non-entity. But, the blowout this week of an even weaker FBS team will have a dramatic effect on rankings, sos, etc.
Good thing it did not happen in reverse (blowout against Umass and close game against BGSU).
Can somebody make sense of this for me?
If Toussaint is our number 1 guy (which we've read on this site recently) and healthy, it would make sense for the coaches to either start him or play him early.
If Toussaint is our number 1 guy but not healthy, he shouldn't be getting garbage time against an opponent we're throttling. He should be rested until he's fully ready to go.
If Toussaint is truly behind Smith, Shaw, Hopkins, Cox, etc. then I am simply calling the coaching staff a bunch of dirty liars after the way he ran today.
I just don't understand playing Toussaint that late in the game when we obviously had things under control. Either let him show that he's the impact player we've been reading about early in the game or rest him for another day. Can someone provide a rational reason for playing him so late?
Offense every snap video will be up tomorrow morning.
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?