that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
Michigan Monday is up at the Ozone. LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/MSU/michiganmonday.html
It is very painful to read. Gerdeman's take? This game was lost by Borges, who put Denard in an untenable situation. There are a ton of great quotes, but this section sums it up well:
Michigan lost a game on Saturday night that they pretty much had no business losing. Notre Dame couldn't move the ball, and could only score when the field position was handed over like a Gideons bible.
The Wolverines had the three longest drives of the game, including two drives of over 70 yards that ended in turnovers. Those two drives alone consisted of twelve entire minutes of possession.
And yet Borges kept dialing up interceptions in the first half like frat bros ordering Jägerbombs.
Michigan's offense shot itself in the foot at every available opportunity on Saturday, and Borges just kept loading the gun.
"Don't forget to shoot the left one again, it looks like the blood is starting to clot."
A few bullets:
- Take away any of the turnovers, except the hail Mary, and the game could have turned differently.
- Robinson's mistakes came on short and intermediate passes, which he supposedly should make.
- Apart from sacks and a botched snap, Michigan only had 2 carries that lost yards, and moved the ball well enough to win.
- Barnum and Schofield still have issues on the OL, although the line did well enough.
- Michigan can stop the run as long as they don't have to worry about a passing game.
- The secondary didn't do that good. Taylor is still inexperienced, but Floyd just has limitations, shown by getting beat by Eifert at the end.
- Most amazing and damning stat: Michigan only punted once.
Denard Robinson's regression is almost complete. He is the Benjamin Button of quarterbacks. That being said, he is always capable of a great game, but he might be even more capable of a bad one.
With the Big Ten as bad as it is, Robinson doesn't have to be great because his good is plenty good enough. Borges just needs to have somebody tell him what it is that Robinson is good at.
There is no team left on Michigan's schedule that they can't beat. But I'm not sure that anybody actually expects them to do that.
Michigan Monday is up at the Ozone. Not going to quote much, as the Iowa loss is too depressing, and so is reading about it.
One observation made was the prediction of a victory at Illinois:
Winning out certainly seems daunting. For some reason, however, I'm pretty confident in a Michigan win over Illinois right now. I can't imagine a bye week for Ron Zook is actually a good thing for the Illini.
I am very interested to see how Michigan responds to their loss, and tend to agree that Hoke, Mattison, and Borges will have their team up, ready to go, and destroy Illinois. I still believe that Nebraska and Ohio are winnable games, and don't think winning out is unthinkable. I would be ecstatic to beat Illinois and Ohio. One comment made elsewhere is that Michigan needs a signature win, and I agree. It is critical to win at least one of our last two games, preferably both, and most preferably against Ohio.