Maybe it's a sickness or just an obsession but I had to crunch some #'s after watching the game on Saturday. The offensive coordinator from UM couldn't have been deceiving anyone from MSU because even my wife knew when a running play was going to be ran vs. a passing play. This is also the same woman who thinks she can predict who will win the game by the color of their uniforms. She told me in the 2nd quarter, "it seems like UM always runs on 1st down". After I got home I watched the game on DVR and she's right. Check out these stats.
UM ran the ball 65% of the time when it was 1st down. If you subtract the plays that were ran after UM was down by 2 TD's that # jumps to 71%.
UM only passed the ball 35% of the time when it was 1st down. If you subtract the plays that were ran after UM was down by 2 TD'S that # falls to only 29%
UM passed the ball 84% of the time when it was 3rd down.
MSU convereted 56% of their 3rd downs
It doesn't matter how well UM executes when the other team already knows what play is about to be run against them. Can you imagine how well the UM defense would play if they knew what play the oher team was going to run? The coaching staff needs to put these kids in a position to succeed and they need to mix up the play calling. If my wife knows what play UM is going to run surely someone from the MSU can figure out the UM play calling.
Those #'s don't lie and neither does my wife