this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Ever wonder what Michigan would look like with a defense this season? It's real and in Eugene (despite the two quick touchdowns by Arizona).
That's it. Just wanted to say that.
There is simply, objectively, no comparison between what Auburn has had to do to to advance to the SEC title game and what Boise/TCU have to do to go undefeated. Playing at Bama, getting through the SEC schedule, and now having an SEC title game is playing football on another planet than Boise. Boise, who's "Big Tests" were Oregon State--yes Oregon State, Va Tech and now, the latest "test," a Nevada team they have beaten ten years in a row. I have no issue with Boise or TCU in a BCS game, but even if Auburn loses in the SEC championship game, they will be FAR more worthy of a BCS MNC game than either of Boise or TCU. So would LSU.
One of the things I don't think most fans appreciate and I know the MSM doesn't even understand is the difficulty Michigan faces in turning the corner.
We were still every teams Super Bowl this year despite all of our struggles. Teams are even more excited top play us because they see a great chance at victory as well. Ohio st is the only other team that gets this treatment in the Big Ten, but while those teams "get up" for OSU deep down they know they don't have much chance so you see a lot of teams implode once they get down. We might have been 9-2 or 10-1 right now if this exact team was dressed in green and white.
Once we get up and rolling in terms of overall talent and teams fear us again we should have an easier time. but getting there is going to be that much tougher, because of who we are.
There are a lot more factors other than playing Michigan but look at some of the teams that we played this year.
UConn- After we beat them down they spiraled out of control, but they have since gained their footing and lead the Big East
ND-They spiraled out of control as well before their late surge to get bowl eligible.
Ind- Lynch was "All In" against Mich after that they have been even more awful than usual.
MSU- They have continued on, but they were terrible the week after against Ill and haven't played well since then
Iowa-Eh they've been all over the map.
Penn St.-They've been ok but they did fall down 21-0 to NW the week after.
Ill- They tanked against Minn enough said
Pur- D. Hope can coach because they kicked the Spartans ass before imploding. I lost a lot of money on the assumption they were all done and couldn't score anyway. Quite an impressive performance considering their injuries.
Just a thought when you get depressed about our lack of progress. Our progress is going to come in chunks not little bites.
I just get the biggest kick out of Danielson hang on to his spread meme.
So Danielson is downright giddy as Alabama proves the "spread is dead" early on as he takes subtle jab after jab that he hasn't been able to use all year long. He isn't stupid enough to say the spread is dead, but he continues his platform
"This is why this offense will never work in the NFL"
" A lot of people were wondering what would happen when Saban who was coaching in the NFL 5 years ago would come up against Malzhan who was a high school coach 5 years ago"
"You need to attack these spread qb's and not allow him to stand back there making reads. I've been saying this all year." ( This was after a nice blitz by Bama so Gary could claim he and Saban were the only ones to figure out this gimmicl offense.
So this is all done after Bama has 2 weeks to get ready with one of the best defensive minds in the game, at home, in a rivalry game......all the while Bama is shredding Auburn using mostly......a spread/pistol attack.
Give it up Gary. You are a pretty good announcer. Don't embarrass yourself just because you were a statue that couldn't move.....oops Auburn just scored again....
I should have Inside Michigan Football up on YouTube in about 3 hours.