a terrible blight on our fine country
Michigan 18th in the latest AP Polll.
NW is 13th, OSU still 1st, MSU now 4th, and Utah is somehow lower at 5th
Northwestern sitting at #14, not that any of this matters.
Let's face it, Rudock is playing not to make a mistake and as a result playing tight and frankly not effectively. The only time he will throw a pass is if the receiver is WIDE open and even then he tries to directly the pass rather than letting his natural instincts throw the ball. As a result often his passes are off the mark, late or though catchable doesn't afford his receivers any room to run after the catch. Good defense will have tight coverages on receivers and good QB's nevertheless throw to those receivers allowing them to make plays (Butts catch in the the endzone against Utah had double coverage and Darboh's catch against perfect coverage by BYU gave the team a needed boost).
Without a passing threat the running game will be neutralized. We can get away with this playing inferior teams but as we get into the meat of the schedule, Rudock needs to play to win and not play not to make mistakes. Football is won by scoring points.
My thought is this. We have an outstanding defense which most of the time will cover up for offensive mistakes. WE can not beat NW, MSU and OSU with only good defense. We need a QB who will play to win games even though like all QB's he will make an occasion mistake. Let him play loose throwing to receivers even though there may be good coverage AND not be handcuffed to one read and then run.
After last weeks demolition of BYU, there was a thread for every individual ranking that was published. I thought it may be cleaner for the MGoBoard if they could be consolidated into a single thread, especially since threads such as the Coaches Poll ranking typically only generate one thought (omg these rankings suck).
Here are the rankings available for Michigan:
ESPN FPI: #20 (#17 power rankings)
Massey: #20 (#21 power rankings)
Massey Composite: #14 (will likely change as more rankings become available)
AP Poll: #18
Coaches Poll: #21
There are countless polls available, so if there is one you'd like to point out just leave a note and I'll add it.
May work. May not. Worth a shot.