I don't want to jinx anything, but a win would cause me to say, "Hurray! We're 5-2!!! Go Blue!!!"
Preview: Delaware State
Why? Because I have to. Not because I believe in jinxes or anything, but because readers do and I serve at their pleasure. For a fuller Hornet breakdown check When Carcajous Attack(!).
|WHAT||Michigan vs Delaware State|
|WHERE||Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI|
|WHEN||12:00 EST, October 17th, 2009|
|THE LINE||Hypothetically? M –35.5|
|TELEVISION||Nationwide on BTN|
|WEATHER||Cloudy, mid-40s, dry.|
Run Offense vs. Delaware State
This should be no contest. Despite the debacle against Michigan State, Michigan is 23rd in rushing offense in I-A. The Hornets are 105th in I-AA, giving up 202 yards a game at more than 5 YPC. The most interesting thing here will be the performances of Shaw, Smith, and Cox. I expect Brown to get like three carries.
Key Matchup: Probably Hornet safeties versus repeated attempts to run by them into the endzone.
Pass Offense vs. Delaware State
Delaware State is marginally better here, in the 50s in both pass efficiency and total yardage defense when it comes to the pass. And Michigan is considerably weaker, currently hovering around 81st in passer efficiency, though a large chunk of that is Denard Robinson's tendency to chuck interceptions. Forcier is middling (55th) nationally.
Key Matchup: Pass protection versus Anonymous Hornets. Forcier's dinged, let's keep him that way instead of seriously dinged.
Run Defense vs. Delaware State
Michigan's coming off two good performances marred by things outside the defensive line's control. Delaware State is the #84 rushing offense in I-AA. This will be a potentially depressing test of Michigan's opponent-invariant defense. Will Delaware State rip off some gashing runs when Michigan players either line up wrong or blow an assignment?
Key Matchup: Mouton and Ezeh versus Aforementioned Blown Assignments. Plz keep getting better here.
Pass Defense vs. Delaware State
Delaware State is 91st in passing offense and 103rd in passing efficiency. It'll be interesting to see how Woolfolk does and if Williams does better at free safety.
Key Matchup: Williams versus Getting Beat Deep.
CATCH THE DAMN BALL
CATCH THE DAMN BALL
Key Matchup: CATCH THE DAMN BALL.
Kittens are not deployed for games against I-AA teams. Here's this instead:
- This is at all close.
- Someone gets injured.
- Delaware State does anything positive at all.
Cackle with knowing glee if...
- Tate looks like he's back to his old, better self.
- No one gets injured.
- I don't know, don't cackle, it's not nice.
Fear/Paranoia Level: 0 out of 10. (Baseline 5, –1 for I-AA Team, –1 for 1-3 I-AA Team, –1 for 1-3 I-AA Team That Just Gave Bethune-Cookman Its First Win Of The Season, –1 for 1-3 I-AA Team That Just Gave Bethune-Cookman Its First Win Of The Season And Is Worse Than 90th In Both Total Offense And Total Defense, –1 for 1-3 I-AA Team That Just Gave Bethune-Cookman Its First Win Of The Season And Is Worse Than 90th In Both Total Offense And Total Defense And Has Been Pegged With A More Than Five-Touchdown Spread By Crazy Offshore Gambling Folk).
Desperate need to win level: 10 out of 10. (Baseline 5, +1 for No Horror Redux, +1 for This Would Actually Be Worse, +1 for Way Worse, +1 for I Expended All My "Get Out Of Spending Two Days In Fetal Position Free" Cards Last Year, +1 for Just No.)
Loss will cause me to... spend the next twenty years of my life digging a ditch around Delaware, and the following ten trying to push it out to sea.
Win will cause me to... react in no way whatsoever.
The strictures and conventions of sportswriting compel me to predict:
Finally, opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
- Vincent Smith and Michael Shaw have a ton of carries.
- Michigan does nothing new at all.
- Denard gets half of the snaps.
- Michigan, 45-10.
Immediately focus all of my attention on the Penn State game next week.
how many people in this state laughed when i informed them that this game would take place.
"WHAT?!?! THEY COULDN'T EVEN BEAT US" (us being the U of Delaware)
"THEY JUST LOVE GETTIN THAT ASS WHOOPED HUH?"
"I HOPE THEY'RE GETTING PAID FOR THAT BEATDOWN"
should be fun
So you mean to tell us that Delaware State is, in fact, little brother?
i'd even put them on that level. it's more like, annoying neighbor that refuses to cut their grass but still claims to not be responsible for lowering your property value.
I'm still laughing. That was one solid, half-assed preview, right there. Perfect.
...yes, CATCH THE DAMN BALL.
I'm just glad "Catch the damn ball" is back. Otherwise it could end up 45-17.
I see I am not the only one who would lay the chalk if it was even a hook less than 35 points.
Nice work, as always! Enjoy the game and your weekend.
Game will cause thousands of out of area Michigan die-hards to consider whether game is actually worth trip to local bar to get a glimpse of the BTN.
I think you can buy streaming off of the Big 10 network for something like $2.99. Or something like that.
engage in a mind-bending game of one-upsmanship with Rick Leach with regard to who's pleasure it is:
Me: "It's a pleasure to speak with you Mr. Leach"
Guts n' Glue: "No, let me assure you, the pleasure is mine"
Me: "I appreciate your pleasure, but rest assured, the pleasure is indeed mine"
etc. ad nauseum
Collaborate and listen
build a jiffy-pop helium balloon, climb inside and fly far, far away.
... hide in the attic.
I will be disappointed if Delaware State scores a point. But a win is a win is a better chance at a bowl game. Go Blue!
Question: Will Lloyd Carr be spotted on the Delaware State sidelines and if so, will he be holding a clipboard?
like our chances.
that it just boggles the mind that Delaware and Delaware St. only first played each other recently. I mean, they practically have to share the same campus, the state is that small. At the very least, couldn't UM have played Delaware so that we could have had the Winged Helmet Bowl?
But then we'd also have to schedule Princeton to settle it once and for all.
they're actually not that close to us in terms of campus location. i realize you were joking but still, they're a good 2 hours away from us.
Deleware is not that small.
the cost of Nick shedding the clipboard and headset?
$550,000 paid to the order of Delaware State.
and for the exact reason that it is here, so huzzah. We have learned humility, even if expressed through fear of jinxes.
Mostly, I am just looking forward to a spirited contest and Delaware State's band and the hopes that one day, Bill Martin will bring in Florida A&M, Southern, or Grambling.
That actually would be kind of cool. It would be neat to see a band from a historically black college.
They are bringing their band- we set 50 chairs out for them today.
"Loss will cause me to... spend the next twenty years of my life digging a ditch around Delaware, and the following ten trying to push it out to sea."
Silly Brian! It would take, at most, three years do dig a ditch around Delaware. Unless you just suck at digging!
This game should not even be that close. It is important that this game be an absolute blowout. When the game is over, the numbers need to say that we dominated in all three phases, to the point that any mistakes we make are negligible. I would expect that DSU scoring 10 means we turned the ball over twice in our own territory.... although frankly in this game, we should be spending very little time on our side of the 50.
This needs to be Michigan 52, DSU 0.
The main danger is the "Super Bowl factor." For a lot of teams on Michigan's schedule, a date with the Wolverines is their Super Bowl. Michigan, on the other hand, can't possibly be that hyped for all 12 opponents. That's why The Horror happened. That's why MSU two weeks ago suddenly got good at things it could never execute so well before.
So there's a distinct possibility that the Hornets play a lot better than the I-AA 1-3 football team that they are, and that the Wolverines play a lot worse than the I-A 4-2 team that they are. No, I am not predicting a second Horror, but I can very well see a game much closer than it ought to be.
of 58-0 would cause me to say...We didnt' score 60? Maaaannn!!
As many flavors of WIN (or flavors of TIE if you will) that clip was, I enjoyed what they yelled at the 2:35 mark:
Agreed. Go freakin' BLUE!!!
Stumble, fumble, drop, miss, trip, grumble, snore
as to the post someone made about whether diehards would deem it worth it to go to a bar for BTN... I'm vacationing in San Fran, and there's not a chance in hell i'll be watching this at 9am on a saturday morning at a bar... maybe i'll follow it on gamecast.
over/under 15 total pass plays in this game for UM?
Tate throws 10, denard throws 5. we run the ball 50+ times for hopefully over 350 yards.
...that said, I actually don't advocate this at all... i want to see both QB's get into a passing groove where certain routes/throws become routine and second nature.
I don't know if 4th string players are gonna be cohesive enough to put up too many points. I honestly think putting 10 on the line and just snapping it to Denard could put up at least 35 during the game...
They need to HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL.
That's how it was stated before, and I just want to make sure it is in here. Just in case.
Important distinction, at least as far as the Jinx Gods are concerned. Thank you for that.
are expecting too big of a win tommorrow. This shouldn't and probably won't be close, but honestly being disappointed if DSU scores more than 7 points........or Michigan scores less than 40, is kind of silly in a game like this.
Just win and move on.
This game is inevitably going to bring out the "UNACCEPTABLE" crowd. For them, 3-9 was UNACCEPTABLE, losing to Sparty is always UNACCEPTABLE, winning by less than 40 against MAC/NU/PU/IU/FCS-opposition is always UNACCEPTABLE, etc. Spare me.
For them, tomorrow is a no-win. If we win by 100, they'll yawn and nitpick. If we win by 40, they'll cringe and nitpick. If we win by 17, they'll yell and complain about everything. And if we win by 3, well, UNACCEPTABLE!!!!
As for me....I like the "don't get hurt, let's see Denard throw, let's get a look at next year's RBs, let's not show anything new and let's get ready for PSU" theme.
... we've got serious issues.
Is it weird I'm comforted Brian wrote "CATCH THE DAMN BALL" three times in this article, seeing as when he didn't last Saturday, yakety sax ensued?
Keith Jackson would say that this will be an old fashioned Donny Brook. The score will be Michigan 56, Delaware State 0.