there would have to be some to wash away
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
I was going to do a full writeup of Minnesota as I did last week with Utah (cliffhanger - I was much more doom than most), but it is besides the point. Generally you start a Minnesota offense preview with "they are going to run run run...then run more, then Mitch Leidner is going to throw a lot of bad passes. Some of which you will intercept." But Leidner sprained his MCL early this year, continued to play on it, and then suffered a toe injury. Based on who you believe this is anything from "turf toe" to "broken toe". For those who follow Nebraska football you know what this meant for Taylor Martinez last year - very bad things. Especially for QBs who run run run.
So in came RS FR Chris Streveler for last week's game vs baby seal. He completed 1 pass. In the 4th quarter. (7 attempts) This making Mitch Leidner and his 48% completion percentage seem postively Dan Marino like.
Minnesota's offense at this point is David Cobb running a lot. When that does not work they go to..... David Cobb running a lot. And when he is not running Chris Streveler will run a lot. And that's the offense. TCU figured out that if you stop Cobb you win... they held Cobb to 41 yards on 15 carries and Minnesota lost big.
UM's defense obviously matches up well with this offense. It might need to score 7-14 pts as well. So that's one side of the ball.
As for the UM offense vs Gopher defense side... welp. I expect yardage to be gained in between the 35 and 35. We may even visit the red zone versus a very pedestrian defense. We will turn the ball over somewhere. Maybe often. The only team Minnesota has played from a Big 5 conference is TCU which gained 427 yards (258 pass, 169 ground) and scored 30. So we should probably gain 427 yards and score 13. I expect a heavy dose of Green/Smith in this game because (a) why risk turning the ball over and (b) Minnesota is not going to drive the ball 80 yards on us.
We will not discuss special teams. I do expect to see 11 men on the field on all plays this week as UM thinks out of the box.
This and Northwestern seem like the only 2 sorta gimmees left on the schedule. This presumes Berkley Edwards does not go off for 200 yards and 3 TDS in some sort of message from the football gods.
While I understand the reasons for not disclosing specific injury information - such as HIPAA and alerting future opponents to vulnerabilites, I generally dislike this stance. Even more, his increasingly smug attitude toward the media on this and other things.
In a world where professional sports (the ones I watch anyway) disclose injuries to the world via a disabled list, and I am sure it is as simple as signing a waiver to release medical information, why is this such a big deal with Hoke?
For example - no one had and still doesn't have much of a clue why Funchess, Raymon Tayor, Peppers, Morgan and others have had limited or no time. If they aren't going to play anyway, why not disclose the injury? When Denard got so much criticism in 2011 (?) for his play, we find out months later he had a staph infection.
Anyhow, I know I don't matter one bit as a fan and Hoke doesn't give a crap what the fans or the media think, but during such tumultious times he is not doing himself any favors by his attitude here, particularly with the Michigan fan base, the M Alum and increasing negative publicity he is receiving - this is a collectively powerful group. Just my thoughts as a fan, but does anyone have any real insight as to why college coaches do this? MGoCoaches out there?
I know there was a thread yesterday when David Molk entered the Eagles-Redskins game. That said, it appears with this news, Molk will be seeing extensive playing time going forward.
Although none of us enjoys celebrating the injury of another football player, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce, who arguably has been playing at an All-Pro level since missing 2012 with an ACL injury, is out for reportedly the next 2+ months with a sports hernia. Enter one of our past heroes -- David Molk.
In this most desperate of Michigan-fandom-times, it is nice to be able to cling to any silver-lined grey cloud in sight. Molk endured an incredibly tumultuous time period while wearing the winged helmet. He was completely out of football last year, with his dream of playing professional football in doubt. Now, he's the starting center for a Top 5 NFL offense that schematically fits his playing style quite well. With solid play over the next 8-10 weeks, it's possible Molk can carve out a stable NFL future.
Maybe there is hope left in the world.
I was already on the fence about doing my semi-regular "drive killers" diary after losses this week, but Sam Webb has it covered so that makes it easy
The rest of the article is well worth a read so click through
Utah Drive Killers
On Michigan’s second drive after a big 24 yard pass play to Devin Funchess got the ball out to the Michigan 43, an Erik Magnuson holding call made it 1st & 20. The Wolverines were forced to punt a few plays later.
Michigan’s third drive began with a three yard loss when the Utes blew through the line to snuff out an end-around, and a sack that occurred when Gardner was flushed and his receivers didn’t work to get open. Michigan punted two plays later.
Michigan’s fifth drive began with a big 12 yard run by Derrick Green to get the Wolverines into Utah territory. A linebacker beat Graham Glasgow on a blitz the very next play to put Michigan behind the sticks again. The Wolverines punted a few plays later.
On Michigan’s sixth drive the Wolverines did something they rarely do. After losing two yards on a first down run by Derrick Green and losing five more yards on an A.J. Williams false start the Maize & Blue dug out of a 2nd & 17 hole. The big play was a 25 yard skinny post to Devin Funchess on 3rd & 8. The very next play was a slant to Funchess that Gardner threw too far in front. The ball bounced off of Funchess’ hand and was intercepted.
On Michigan’s seventh drive after a few third down conversions moved the ball to midfield, an overloaded blitz on a play-action pass (that included a fake to a back that wasn’t there) resulted in a 12 yard sack. Michigan punted a few plays later.
- Michigan ninth drive ended on an interception on a pass for which it was hard to determine who Gardner was even throwing to.