Something to the effect that any team can beat any other team on any given Saturday. Do you really think Michigan is as bad a team as they appeared to be today? This was a hangover game from last Saturday. Michigan played a hell of a game against a quality opponent last week and came into this game against a low end MAC team sleepwalking. I hope they learned a lesson and take NOBODY for granted the remainder of the year.
Bo Said Something About Games Like This
There'd be days like this... I shoulda believed her!
The old song "Mama Said There'd be Days Like This" was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the thread title.
Thanks for that pick-me-up, mom... might as well have said "It's just a game, son!"
that was comatose! hope we've emerged on "the other side of darkness," because the jerk store called and they're running out of us.
Bo also said something about pancakes.
...losing as #1 ranked vs. unranked "cupcakes" Purdue and Minnesota in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and to unranked Minnesota again in 1986, this time as #2.
No matter how intense the coach, no matter how many times you utter "We're not overlooking XXXX this week", it's just f'ing human nature to instinctively let down sometimes - especially after a game like ND last week. It happens. All of the time. I mean, can you imagine Bo yelling at your ass all week not to let your guard down against a supposedly inferior opponent? If it can happen to Bo multiple times, it can happen to anyone.
Thank goodness we scraped by and scratched out one of the ugliest wins in M history. Time to move on to the next one and hope the lesson was learned.
1970: Michigan 14, 2-9 Texas A&M 10
1971: Michigan 20, 3-7 Purdue 17
1972: Michigan 7, 2-9 Northwestern 0
1973: Michigan 14, 4-7 Navy 0
1975: Michigan 14, 3-6-2 Baylor 14
1975: Michigan 21, 5-6 Illinois 15
1976: 5-6 Purdue 16, Michigan 14
1977: Michigan 14, 5-6 Navy 7
1980: Michigan 17, 0-11 Northwestern 10
That 1980 Northwestern team was in the middle of its 34-game losing streak and wouldn't win another game until 1982.
So while today's win was an ugly, ugly game, it's still a win.
That 1980 Northwestern game was the first Michigan game I attended, and it was absolutely on a par with what we saw today, to one of the worst teams in the country. That Michigan team rebounded quite nicely and I expect this one to as well.
Hah - thanks - I was looking this one up on Wikipedia - my first Michigan game as well...if it wasn't for the patented Northwestern fumble play that game would have been a tie...
So it was the first example I thought of.
Nice summary here. It turns out that we've periodically struggled against inferior opponents even in the halcyon days of the 10 year war where Bo had our team prepared to play EVERY week. This stuff happens.
Also, since there wasn't any interwebz and MGoBlog in the 70's, I'm sure the MPhoneTree was heavily employed after each of these freak-out victories.
He knew that it wasn't natural to be 100% jacked for every game.
But I'm sure practices weren't any less intense on the non-highlighted games.
Also, in response to crappy performances, Bo said that it was a coach's job to identify the problem, and fix just that. Don't go throwing out the good with the bad.
The fact that Michigan fans are taking any team lightly anymore is just mystifying.
I learned my lesson in 2008.
Doesn't matter if they are 4-whatever the past 3 years. All that matters is they are coming into The Big House and are trying to beat Michigan.
We rarely get anything but the opposing team's absolute best effort in the Big House.
What always gets me too about this mindset is that Akron is not a DIII cellar-dweller. Yes they are bad, but they are still an FBS team with D1 recruits. The talent level between the teams is different, but it's not like any FBS team should look at another FBS team and say "we got this in the bag".
Seriously. No more ridiculously dismissive game previews, please. Damn-near jinxed us, I think! :p
More to the point, we've always had games like this. Every team does.
Today they were, and you only get 12 garaunteed chances to prove you are not.
"Do you really think Michigan is as bad a team as they appeared to be today?"
No. But what today showed is we're capable of being that bad.
"This was a hangover game from last Saturday."
That's a nice excuse. But it's just that -- an excuse. And not a very convincing one.
Michigan should not have been caught napping on this. Why they were is the big question.
Coaches, seniors, and captains not getting the team up. There is your answer.
I was hoping with Coach Hoke, fans wouldn't have to worry about the team sleepwalking through some of the games. I hope today was a wake-up call for players like Lewan and Avery (I know he's not back yet but he was obviously on the sideline)! Seniors who have made no bones about a B1G championship being their goal this year! They should have been Zack Novak-ing it up on the sideline to get the team motivated today.
Will be very painful. They know the coaches will be kicking their butts this week because they deserve it. I also think we might see some changes on the O-line. I know the coaches don't want to screw around with building chemistry in the line, but someone may become an example of what poor play causes....a seat on the bench. I just hope Devin pulls out of his funk. Out of sync almost the whole game. Wasn't letting the game come to him for some reason. Trying to do too much.
I was hoping with Coach Hoke, fans wouldn't have to worry about the team sleepwalking through some of the games.
I don't think that's a fair expectation. Human nature is that you're just not going to be up for every week. I'm sure the coaches hammered home the importance of staying focused and hungry, but it's tough to get everyone to believe it against a team like Akron. The good teams find ways to not let it kill them.
Let's give Akron some credit. They played pretty much mistake-free football. Yes, the team was a bit flat, but there are lots of games where UM could have been flat and still won comfortably.
They dropped some passes, had two INTs (one at the goal line and another that put M in the red zone), missed a 45-yard FG (after taking a stupid delay of game penalty), and had some other mistakes. If we had taken better advantage of Akron's mistakes we'd have won going away.
No thanks. They were nowhere near mistake free. The talent difference between the two teams is like Oakland and San Fran. It looks like the coaches picked the wrong guys to lead this team.
"It looks like the coaches picked the wrong guys to lead this team."
I'm not sure I'm willing to go quite that far. But I understand where you're coming from.
Next week's game really becomes interesting. Not simply that Michigan beats Connecticut, but that Michigan plays up to the level of sound football they should.
Maybe a bit less over reaction on team "leaders" who were phenomenal vs. ND and apparently diminished now?
Ah the loyal Michigan fan base.
Exactly who are you referring to? The captains who were elected by their teammates?
and it's not due to me wanting to write a lot, just simply because my thoughts and typing ability are far superior to those who think and type otherwise. Phuck yeah, let's have some fun.
If Bo were here he would tell you to shut up....
Someone roofied our Gatorade cooler for sure.
If they play this way -- or even close -- next week, it's a problem. Gonna be a rough week of practice, I would bet. Guys who do not grade well on film might find themselves with fewer snaps. Can't do that to Devin, b/c no other option, but I'd expect under performers to have a hot week in practice or see some pine against UConn.
of winning. In the competition for PT, the game film certainly informs the coaches of who that should be, but you don't go overboard in "punishing/motivating" players. Even mentioning Gardner is ridiculous. He gives 2013 Michigan the best chance to win.
He won the game for us with his arm and legs. trouble was, Zips were double and triple teaming Gallon, and Gardner wasn't getting protection, at all in some cases. He needs to go through his progressions better/faster. Assuming they weren't being smothered as well. You know double teaming Gallon's going to happen next week. Fitz didn't look too bad, when he had help getting past the LOS. He can't run over players. Never will.
Well.... while there is no sugarcoating this turd, I'm pretty sure that after practice this coming week, the players will have very very good incentive to not play this badly again
The reason it happens is because of what we saw today, teams taking another too lightly and not being ready to play. It doesn't excuse it when it does happen, but it happens frequently. If the team had played like crap the first two games as well, I would be more concerned.
I will say the line play has get better on both sides if this team wants to win the Big Ten. There is enough raw talent on both lines though, that I think it can get better by Big Ten play. Devin also needs to take better care of the ball, and that comes with experience.
Most of the problems on the line and with Gardner are execution issues, those can be fixed as the season goes on.
reality check. strap up uconn
If I were a second and third string player, I would bust the shit out of the first team all week for taking away the chance to get playing time against Akron.
an effort like this, that the backups like Morris didn't get the valuable reps they should have.
Athletic department, next week's game is at noon.
And they should change their mascot to kangaroos.
That being said, I wasn't confident, but I did think that the team would drive down the field to score and the defense would make the final stop. (See live blog)
I think we played a let down game and down to the level of our opponents. We need to improve in all facets of the game and I'm sure practice this week will be interesting. Credit to Akron, their players and their coaching staff for taking advantage of every opportunity (sans the missed FG and two red zone stops).
We're a better team than this, so take a deep breath and appreciate the fact that we feel this awful after a WIN.
I think Bowden called a great game and we looked like shit. If we showed blitz, they took the quick slant. Popped one over the top on good coverage. Devin imploded today. If he pitches the ball or doesn't throw another pick 6, we win comfortably. O-line was better in 2nd half but still has a long way to go. Pass rush has a long way to go.
He would not have had one single positive word for this, and he would have ripped the team in profane terms that humilated the guys. He would not have said anything like that.