"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
2011 football schedule
Here are just some thoughts on the remainder of the schedule. The good thing is that I think the up-coming opponents gradually get better, giving us a chance to get two big ten warm ups before Sparty.
Minnesota: Michigan by 4 TDs, Minny is not a very good football team with not a lot of scary weapons. M has played better and better with each game and good momentum will carry on into the BIG opener.
@NW: a road test, but again I don’t think they are playing very good football. If Michigan can play solidly, I think they win by 17-21 points.
@MSU: The first of several games that could go either way. It depends on if MSU can contain Denard, which they did pretty well last year (Denard also threw 3 picks last year). But I think Hoke and Co. will be VERY well prepared for this game, so it will be close and very winnable. TOSS UP.
Purdue: M by 21-24 or more.
@Iowa: Another game that could go either way. Iowa hasn’t gelled yet with their new personnel but neither have we. M could win this game if Iowa doesn’t improve. Side note – Iowa is 8th in the BIG power rankings, Ritt and Bennett don’t put a lot of stock in them-yet. TOSS UP.
@Illinois: so many good things for Illinois happening, then they EEEK one out against Western at home? I still think this will be the best team we play to date and it will be a tougher game than most. TOSS UP.
Nebraska: We will need to play our best game of the year to win this game, and it is possible. TOSS UP.
TSIO: As we all know, the momentum has shifted for the teams playing in The Game. M is improving and tsio has been declining over recent weeks. We are starting to see how good both teams are. A few weeks ago just about all of us would predict an L, but maybe not? Again, I think M will be VERY well prepared for this game. TOSS UP.
BOWL: last year we were sent to a bigger bowl than we deserved IMO because Denard sells tickets and we were trounced by superior competition. If the same happens, an L could be in store.
If we have a good year, it feasible to win 9 or dare I say 10 games? If we don’t get up for the TOSS UP games, we could be in store for another 7-6 year.
EDIT: BIG Championship: I think we would all be a bit surprised if Wiscy isnt there this year. If Michigan plays as well as we hope, it will all come down to the Nebraska game. If we beat Nebraska, I (and most people) fear Wisc. I think they are a legit top 4 team and can make a run at the NC. LOSS
Via Dr. Saturday :
Ailing Aztecs. San Diego State receivers Dominique Sandifer and Jay Waddell are both out for the entire 2011 season with knee injuries, further depleting a corps already suffering from the loss of the two most productive receivers in the Mountain West to the NFL. Sandifer was only the Aztecs' fifth-leading receiver last year in the shadow of soon-to-be draft picks Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson, but was expected to take a much larger role this fall as the most experienced wideout on the team — as was Waddell, a redshirt freshman who came out of the spring as a likely starter. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Not that I think we needed a ton of help to begin with, but it certainly doesn't hurt our chances on September 24th.