I don't know how we missed this last week.
"A university spokeswoman said that the team's trainers recommended to cancel the first practice because of temperatures in the 90s and high humidity levels. Much of central Ohio was placed under an air quality alert on Friday, meaning that children, the elderly and sensitive groups should stay inside."
Sensitive groups = tOSU football.
I am dumbfounded how Moundros can surpass not only Ezeh, but also (and especially) Kenny Demens. Is he hurt? Has he lost his wings? Has he simply been out-performed? Wha happa?
For the purposes of this thought experiment, ignore the location in the calendar of the games, just simply the idea.
Let us say, for the sake of argument, that Michigan and Ohio State are placed in opposite divisions. Let us also presume that Nebraska is placed in Michigan's division and Penn State is placed in Ohio State's. Let us also presume that with a nine-game conference schedule, two cross-division games are protected.
So Michigan and Ohio State is a given for a protected cross-division game. Should the Big Ten then also protect Michigan-Penn State and Nebraska-Ohio State, which would then insure that every season:
Ohio State-Penn State
Penn State Nebraska
are all played and that you would give significant value to the regular season?
I can see cons in this, from a Michigan standpoint and from a Big Ten standpoint, but does this at least make it more reasonable to say "We're preserving "rivalries" among great teams. Would anyone among you be opposed to knowing, yes, Michigan has to play Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State every year, but all four the "marquee teams" would have the same killer "circle of death" (or Octogon of horror, whatever floats your boat.)
Note: In the divisions version I created that brought this about, Michigan State ends up in Michigan's division with protected cross-over games against Iowa and Minnesota, which makes very little sense, but honestly, does Michigan State care about playing any one else in the Big Ten besides Michigan?
After watching the BTN Michigan preview yesterday, I found myself feeling like we have a really strong receiving core this year that could surprise a lot of people if we can get them the ball.
Regardless of who starts at QB, a lot has been made of the running game and how it must get better if we are going to have success. And given our improved offensive line and stable of running backs I think it will.
But a better line will also allow the QBs to have more time to throw. Add in the experience the QBs have hopefully gained in their decision making, and you could have the recipe for a dominant passing attack.
And I haven't even mentioned the biggest reason that we could be deadly through the air: the receivers. With Stonum/Hemingway/Roundtree on the outside, Odoms/Roundtree/TRob/Grady in the slot, and Koger/Webb at TE, I really feel like we have a deep, talented, and experienced group of guys that have yet to show their full potential.
The ideal situation IMO would be for an improved running game to really open things up downfield for either Denard, Tate, or both.
Anyway, what do you guys think?
(PS Sorry if this post didn't do anything but state obvious details. I just can't do anything right now except think about Michigan football.)
I published my original diary shortly after spring practice. Now that there is some more clarity to the 2010 Defense I thought I would revisit the numbers and see where we stand. I just hope our defense does not look like Jimi's guitar.
2010 Michigan Defense
*I list who I think will be starters first
RS Jr. Ryan VanBergen
RS Fr. Anthony Lalota or Fr. Jibreel Black
Jr. Mike Martin
So. Will Campbell
RS Sr. Greg Banks
Sr. Renaldo Sagesse
So. Craig Roh
RS Jr. Brandon Herron or Jr. JB Fitzgerald
Sr. Mark Moundrous or RS Sr. Obi Ezeh
RS Sr. Jonas Mouton
So. Mike Jones
RS Fr. Tom Gordon or So. Floyd Simmons
So. Jordan Kovacs
Fr. Marvin Robinson
RS Fr. Cam Gordon or So. Vladimir Emilen
RS So. JT Floyd
Fr. Cullen Christian
Sr. James Rogers
So. Teric Jones or Fr. Courtney Avery or Fr. Terrence Talbott
Big Ten Averages
These numbers are just terrible in comparison to the Big Ten.
Not All B10 Defenses Are Created Equal
After looking at the B10 Total Defense rankings from 2009 there appeared to be 3 fairly seperate categories of defensive quailty.
Craptastic: 404.0 yds/game (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, MSU, Minnesota)
Decent: 354.1 yds/game (Purdue & Northwestern)
Great: 295.3 yds/game (Wisconsin, PSU, Iowa, OSU)
Again the numbers are just plain scary.
What does this all mean?
Seems that only LIttle Brother fields the same experience level defense that Michigan does. I am predicting a shootout for the Paul Bunyon Trophy. I wish I could come up with something more positive.
I recently helped my uncle move, who's a law student now at Florida (U-M undergrad), and I had really desired to get a view of the Swamp. He drives me down there, and I spoke with a groundskeeper of the stadium, who just so happens to bleed maize and blue, as I try and get a view of the stadium.
I ask him "How do I get into the stadium, sir"
He responds, with a sly grin "This is not THE stadium. That's in Ann Arbor"
We proceeded to talk about our expectations on the upcoming season, who might end up getting the starting job at QB, and how we both felt the RR regime would eventually work.
It's nice to see some U-M love in Gainesville, FL.