I like how we win our game by 5 points after showing that umass absolutely had no answer for denard or the rest of our offense when we turned it on and the entire focus on btn is how horrible our defense is and how "major questions" still exist at michigan. Wisconsin, on the other hand, is at home, and plays bad enough to be 1 missed extra point away from going into overtime with arizona state (4-8 in 2009), who is almost always the worst team in the pac ten and the resulting conclusion at btn is that wisconsin "is a contender," with no questions whatsoever regarding the viability of their team. I hope we steamroll those assholes.
that is all
Howard did say that Kovacks played a good game.
I think internet would probably also be helpful.
representation of Arizona State's place in the Pac 10, but regardless...there's only one way to change that dialogue. Win. Keep winning.
is garbage. Their camera guys can't even catch the play half the time. I could go on and on about how bad the BTN sucks, but you all already know.
don't know if you noticed but when they said Wisconsin is a contender they said "Wisconsin is a contender along with Iowa, MICHIGAN, and of course Ohio State".
major questions on defense. And we have for about 7 of the last 8 years, and the one good one was vs the worst Big Ten offensive conference in history.
Regardless of how the Big 10 was that season, the 06 defense had a NFL Pro Bowl caliber player on each level (Woodley, Harris, Hall) and would've dominated the conference in a lot of up offensive years. Yeah, yeah, the OSU/USC games, but I blamed those more on coaching. That defense was flat out nasty and deserves your respect.
Dude... ASU is a respectable BCS-AQ opponent. Last I checked, UMass was an FCS team. Stop being a homer.
But beating ASU by 1 is more impressive than beating UMass by 5. 100 times more impressive.
I hate to agree with the BTN guys, but it was a bad game defensively and deserves to be highlighted. I don't care who UM plays, 37 points and almost 500 yards of offense given up is not good. Yeah, the team won, but UM obviously deserves to be taken behind the woodshed for that effort defensively.
And as for Wiscy, ASU is still a BCS team with some NFL-caliber players. UMass might be talented, but I have to think that ASU is the better team.
Any media outlet that gives no insight and is merely reactive is not worth viewing or reading. Don't let it angry up your blood. Stick to this site - where we were already well aware that this team had major questions going in and what the questions were specifically, instead of just "our defense needs work."
the entire focus on btn is how horrible our defense is and how "major questions" still exist at michigan.
Is this in any way untrue? Were they saying there were major questions on the offensive side of the ball? How the hell is there anything wrong with them saying this?
Since the Freep hitjob everyone wants to jump all over any MSM reference that's in any way negative towards Michigan. Man up. Our team is not perfect. There are legitimate concerns as we all know. Don't go bitching and whining every time someone calls us out on it.
Also, where are Seth and Amy when you need them? Are you comparing Arizona State to UMass? Really? REALLY?
Have to agree. We have gotten a lot of love from the MSM in the past two weeks. It's fair for them to point out the flaws when they are clearly there.
I never said it wasn't true. The point is is that the media can choose to spin a game multiple ways. The story could have just as easily been that "Michigan shredded UMASS for over 500 yards" and "Wisconsin struggled at home against an Arizona State team that went 4-8 in 2009, raising questions that Wisconsin is a slow, lumbering team," yet they didn't say that, because today they are reporting bias against michigan. And yes, really. UMASS and arizona state would probably be a close game. UMASS offensive line averages like 6 foot 6 310.
No. That is not bias in the sense that you're using the word. No one is sitting in an office at BTN saying, "Hey, let's talk some smack about Michigan but not against anyone else." They have to pick an angle on each story, and those are the angles they chose. Their stories would be boring as hell if they just said, "Two teams played against each other today and here's the score." This is not the Freep jihad.
Also, it doesn't matter how close a UMass ASU game would be, the perception is that we were played tight by an FCS team while Wisconsin escaped from an FBS team. The media is going to go with that storyline.
Really doesn't matter what they say. We play Wisconsin so we can find out then.
Let's enjoy today for the win.
After today we have bigger worries then anaylsts on the BTN.
I wouldn't just dismiss UMass. They executed very well today and played with great discipline. These elite FCS teams can compete with BCS teams. There were a lot of mistakes out there, but give credit to a team that put in a great effort.
Wisconsin survived today. They should have lost the game. ASU had at least 3 near misses at the goal line that had nothing to do with Wisconsin's defense. Wisconsin has been far from impressive and the fact that ASU could drive the ball on them (with Threet) makes them a pretender.
I'm not happy with the way Michigan won it today, but they won and thats all that matters. They could win every game this year by a point and i'd be thrilled. Rich Rod and the rest of the team know the defense needs work and hopefully they come prepared next week, because they were anything but vs. UMass.
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UMASS scored more points against you guys than they did against William and Mary (27) and Holy Cross (31). There's a damn good reason why someone would focus the discussion on your defense.
ASU is a much more respectable opponent than UMass is. Besides, it'll be good to have some of the hype tamped down. Hopefully they can learn some good lessons from the game and build on it for BG.
All we to do is keep winning. I care less and less about what others say. We didn't play well today on D or special teams. We won, I'll take what everyone says with a grain of salt and keep hoping for improvement. Winning will make it all go away....
Right on man! I wish BTN was more like the internet where everyone is always reasonable about everything.
I was watching an SEC game on CBS later this afternoon, and thinking back to the way Gary Danielson et al used to relentlessly talk up Tim Tebow when he was a candidate for the Heisman and all that.
It made me think of how the BTN announcers finished out the game declaring that DRob's stats weren't as impressive as his previous games (I don't remember their exact words, but they weren't particularly positive about his performance).
Thinking about it in that context, it was pretty appalling. We have our own network, and it's pretty clear that at this point, DRob, Pryor and a couple others are in the Heisman race. I'm not saying that I think we as fans should get hung up on it, but isn't it somewhat the job of our own network to talk up our players as contenders? Not to make it sound like 350 yards of total offense is a disappointment?
These things matter, like it or not, and it annoyed me.