So, you do just want to be hysterical. Well, all righty then!
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So, you do just want to be hysterical. Well, all righty then!
There are good reasons for concern. I don't know if "hysteria" is taking over - everybody knows we won the game.
But how low do our expectations have to be that we shouldn't be upset that Michigan's defense allowed 37 points and 489 yards to an FCS school? And it's not like we were beating the pants off UMass and they staged a comeback against our backups. Our starters played the entire game - and were actually trailing!
With their starters playing the whole game while being #5 in the fucking country!
VT lost to James Madison.
It was a hang over game. PERIOD. Be concerned if we look like shit next week until then I'll reserver judgement.
I don't get it. Is your point that almost losing to a I-AA team is no big deal, citing "The Horror" and the VT loss as evidence?
The loss to App State is the reason that the Lloyd Carr regime was tossed out.
Beamer is likely fired at the end of this year.
Losing to a I-AA team is a big fucking deal, as the examples you cite prove.
"The loss to App State is the reason that the Lloyd Carr regime was tossed out." stupidity just about negates any rational thing you said in the whole thread. Ridiculous. He retired.
You misunderstand me. Of course he retired. But there's a reason that none of his assistants were elevated to head coach (as had been the case with new coaches since Bo), and that we instead went with a radical change, and all Lloyd's presumed successors were left out in the cold. They're who I'm referring to when I say the "Lloyd Carr regime."
DeBord was never going to be head coach, because people would have freaked. They didn't want him in 1998 either, and that was coming off a National Championship. After CMU tarnished him forget it; not App St. Hell, we could score on App St with half a Mike Hart. And English didn't have enough experience, or he would have gotten the job. Getting rid of Malone killed the succession, not that game. I mean, the only reason Lloyd became coach was not some grand plan, but he won enough after Moeller got pushes out to have "interim" removed. There was no plan to move away from alloys style coaching...because the coaches that were looked at before Ruch became available (Ferentz, Miles, Schiano) were all much more Lloyd like. They chose a coach, not a regime.
I mean, I'm basically agreeing with what you're saying on here...but you're hurting your cred with this one.
Point taken. My main point is that the loss to App State was a big fucking deal, and shouldn't be used to argue that struggling against a I-AA team somehow is not a big fucking deal.
I completely agree on. I don't get the "we lost to a FCS team before, so what if we struggle again." Not like we should have learned anything from it. I just didn't want you to weaken your argument with hyperbole...like some people...
I agree that it's stupid to say Lloyd was "tossed out" because of App State, but the sentiment has a kernel of truth to it in the sense that the App State loss was the reason Bill Martin hit the reset button and hired a spread offense guru with no prior ties to the program when Lloyd retired. If we hadn't lost to App State, Martin might have hired another Bo disciple, or at least a coach from the same mold (like Ferentz or *shudder* Brady Hoke).
Martin wasn't looking for a spread guru. He was looking for the best coach available. Shown by the fact that all the other coaches he looked at before Rich weren't spread gurus. Like Ferentz. He may have lucked out by getting the best of the bunch, that did entail a reset, but that wasn't his motivation at all. Rich just surprisingly became available. The fact that he ran a spread had nothing to do with his hire, or some direction we wanted to go (otherwise Schiano, Miles and Ferentz wouldn't be looked at...but other spread coaches would have); it had to do with his excellent coaching credentials, and availability.
There's a telling quote from Martin in this article: "I wasn't looking for Bo," Martin said. "Lloyd did a wonderful job for us. He won 75 percent of his games. But the game has changed."
I don't know if Martin would have allowed such a notion to influence his search, let alone publicly acknowledge it, if it hadn't been for Armanti Edwards & Co. I'm not saying that he actively sought to hire a spread offense coach who would overhaul the culture of the program, just that the App State loss made him open to the possibility whereas he otherwise might not have been.
Lloyd Carr was "tossed out"? C'mon. Lloyd Carr retired.
See my response above. I was talking about Lloyd's assistants and presumed successors, not Lloyd himself.
Losing to a fcs team is a big deal, but Lloyd was not forced out. The horror may have been the final straw for a lot of fans, but he was not 'tossed out' because of it. Anyone who says different is either a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist or just plain clueless
I obviously worded my post poorly, because everyone misunderstood what I meant by the "Lloyd Carr regime." That's on me. See my responses above -- I'm referring to the fact that we went with a radical change rather than promoting from within. Apologies for the lack of clarity.
what brian said he'd do if we lost this game. and remember what the site looked like post AppSt.
And why is our defense getting worse not better?
The only bright spot was the offense? How about winning the game? ISN'T THAT WHAT MATTERS?
Bottom Line: Had our freshman punter not fucked up a snap that resulted in blocked punt, and had our freshman safety not fumbled an INT, no one would be OMGing right now.
There were plenty of things to OMG about outside of those moments (didn't they both happen in the second half?). Sure, the final score would have been more lopsided, but the troubling thing was that UMass more or less moved the ball at will against our defense, particularly on the ground, all day. At the moment, our defense is far too reliant on bad throws, penalties, and interceptions to come up with stops - outside of that they've been pretty porous. This is worrisome no matter how you look at it, and it's hardly hysterical to say as much. We need a defense good enough to keep us in the game against an opponent with enough defensive skill to slow Denard down. Right now we don't have that and our young guys have a lot of work to do for Big Ten season.
So you're saying that we should be reassured by the fact that we allowed more points than we did against UConn and Notre Dame combined . . .
. . . and that our defense can't get critical stops on 4th downs . . .
. . . and that our defense performed about the same as it did against Notre Dame, who racked up 535 yards.
But am I jumping out of a building saying "THE PLANE HAS CRASHED INTO THE FUCKING MOUNTAIN"?
We'll see what happens next week and hopefully we'll win. And then the week after that and the week after that.
Your Mary Poppins attitude is simultaneously endearing and annoying.
Just because you can rationalize a poor game doesn't mean that it's rational to do so. This defense needs a lot of work. No FCS team has any business playing an FBS team this closely.
or Michigan circa 2007.
VT it somehow isn't concerning that it almost happened again? To be clear, there is no reason for panic after a win, no matter how, yes, embarrassing, and also, M is not yet in a position where we can expect to win any game if we don't play well. All that is true. But flat out, it is ridiculous for people to smack down others that have concerns giving up 37 points to an FCS team. those that have have concern are the rational ones, those that say shut up, and enjoy the win are irrational. I guarantee you the coaching staff is concerned.
and fans being concerned is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The coaches should be concerned because THIS IS THEIR JOB. They are responsible for getting our boys ready to play and it is their ass on the line, so yes they should worry.
What is the point in fans worrying? What are you going to do? How are you worrying about it going to change anything? Oh right it's not. Just enjoy the game for what it is:
You're a fan, you do nothing to effect the outcome of the game (except for jingle keys and yell), so there is no point in worrying or over analyzing bs. Just have fun.
So since fans can't change anything by worrying, they shouldn't worry or overthink anything. That's a relief -- I'm going to stop worrying about all my sports teams, even when they're playing, since it makes no difference anyway. Hell, why do I waste time reading this blog, if reading Brian's analysis makes no difference? Come to think of it, maybe Brian should shut down the blog, since his overanalysis makes no difference! Actually, if you really think about it, caring about sports at all is entirely illogical, and my rooting certainly makes no difference. I should cut sports out of my life entirely!
Thanks -- you've saved me so much time! Maybe I'll write a novel . . .
"Brian, why are you so negative?" when his stuff comes out this week. This was not a Muppets day.
No, you have it all wrong. Certain posters will jump all over and negbomb anyone who says anything critical about Michigan's performance Saturday through Monday. Then when Brian says the same critical things, these lemmings will realize the criticisms are now "acceptable", since they've been officially sanctioned.
Just like it was verboten to say "Rich Rod needs to show improvement next year or he might get fired" until Brian said it, at which point it became the conventional wisdom.
When Brian freaked out after Woolfolk got hurt I went off on him. You must have missed it.
Don't ever call me a lemming.
ignorant. Sorry, but your point above is ignorance, pure and simple, and can't even be taken seriously. But keep saying "lalalalalala."
But I think the whole thing has snowballed past Brian's control. It's like he's created a cult, but when they realize Brian doesn't agree with them, they turn on him. Even though Brian's taking in new data, and coming to new conclusions, with every game.
This is not to say everyone is Lemmings. There are a lot of well thought out reasoning on either side. And I'd probably rather people lean to supporting the coach, rather than being critical of everything. (Though the posters I admire the most can do both...be supportive, but not blind, and put out criticism and worry). So some will rationally disagree with Brian. But it's the ones who throw out the memes of "cupboard bare" and "we're going to win every game this year" (yes, I had to point out that was silly this week), or "five years, no matter WHAT" that have become so indoctrinated that they'll see Brian as a failed leader, rather than a guy believed one thing, but sees how another can happen.
Me, I have no problem with people being critical of this stinkaroo. If anyone remembers, I was one who said "hey, enjoy it!" last week when we beat ND, because, it was ND in South Bend (tough for us no matter how good they are), and there would be tougher times ahead (oh, like this week), so enjoy it now, and worry about tomorrow tomorrow. But this really wasn't fun. I'm not distraught. But I am concerned. (But then, I'm not really expecting this to be a real Michigan team contending for championships...I'm looking at the season as a whole, and see where we end up. Though I will be a little tense MSU week...because I think that's going to carry a lot of weight for the season, barring the good old OSU end of the season miracle).
And let me state, we were talking in general, but I believe and know that Bouje's post is 100% true- if anyone will call out Brian for it, and not blindly agree with him, it Bouje. I may kid him about a lot of things, but I'll never doubt he believes what he believes. I may think he's drunk sometimes when he's believing it, but no one is telling HIM what to say. (Which is why he's succeeded on the site for longer than all but a few...because he may be out there at times, but it's all sincere).
Nailed me to a tee and I agree with you on everything.
If we had lost this game I would be a raging inferno. We didn't so I'm cool. I'll just RR on the full season as you said and we will see if we have improved.
I think we will (and hope beyond all hope we will)
Less about you agreeing with me, and more about you having to wait to "Get up" to "pos bang" me...and into oblivion at that.
But I guess I'll just take Bobby Knight's advice.
(we may disagree at times...but we've got no problems).
Too lazy to get computer
Uh... dude, I'm pretty sure we were all telling each other that an FCS team has no business being on the same field. There were no crumpets to be had afterwards.
The Horror was inexcusable. That same team beat Heisman winner Tebow and Florida in a bowl. Michigan had no business allowing App State to even be in that game. They had too much talent to allow that loss.
VT I don't know how good they are, but The Horror shouldn't have ever happened, period.
The logic about FCS-FBS close games should've been thrown out years ago. This was going to happen. With the number of scholarships getting cut down to 85 years ago, plus more kids playing football year round, to the ease by which kids can transfer from FBS to FCS schools without sitting out a year, makes your top FCS teams a handful.
Think about it. If you get kicked out of an AQ FBS school, are you going to a MAC or WAC school, or will you transfer to a good FCS school where you can play without sitting out a year?
If you look at a lot of these upsets or close calls, you will see transfer after transfer from FBS schools.
How many remaining games do you expect we will have a punt blocked?
How many games will the D allow two 4th down conversions?
I don't expect either of those to happen again.
With a freshman punter and a porous defense, I think you're being optimistic.
Not completely irrational, but very optimistic.
Also, there will be some teams who won't NEED to convert on 4th down . . . because they'll convert on 2nd and 3rd down.
Every other so far. Uconn converted 3 4th downs out of 6. Notre Dame didnt go for any.
How many times will we be able to score two touchdowns in 35 seconds at the end of the half? UMass isn't the only team that got some good breaks today.
For all we know Umass's offense is better then UConn and Notre Dame. Shit Temple who beat Uconn by almost as much as us, almost lost to Umass's conference mate and highly FCS ranked Villanova. People need to relax cause honestly most rated FCS teams can beat most no ranked FBS and even some ranked FBS teams.
How many fricken 3rd downs did they convert? Throw that stat out there! THAT, was inexcusable.
The linebackers haven't gotten better?
The secondary is just not good because they are all freshmen and that is the place on defense where you need experience the most.
I don't get this at all...
Well, the D-line and linebackers were pretty terrible against a I-AA rushing attack today, and you can't blame that on freshmen.
you're looking at small sample sizes. Why do you just forget the huge strides that Mouton took in the UConn and ND games and the + in the UFR that Ezeh posted in the ND game. Why do you say that our linebackers "ARE CLEARLY REGRESSING EVERY YEAR"?
If anything our linebackers are better this year than last year and our D-Line is about the same without BGraham.
I didn't say our linebackers are clearly regressing every year. Think you're confusing me with someone else.
I said the entire D played like shit today, and you can't just blame it on the secondary.
Sample size... do I win?
Our defensive line has produced 1 sack in 3 games. The number of pass attempts in those three games has added up to 111.
Imagine if we go the entire season only getting 1 sack from our defensive line for every 111 pass attempts. At the end of the season, that's what...maybe three sacks? Maybe four? And that sack came against perhaps 3 of Michigan's weakest 4 opponents this season.
If we include blitzing players from other positions, we've got 2 sacks. So we're on pace for 6-8 sacks this year. Brandon Graham had 10.5 last year on his own, IIRC.
So it's a trade-off for a young secondary.
2009 through 3 games: allowed 19.3 ppg
2010 through 3 games: allowed 23.7 ppg
Fans are concerned. It's understandable.
You can't really just compare stats like that....
Last year's first three teams were Western Michigan (MAC), Notre Dame, and Eastern Michigan (MAC).
This year's first three teams were UConn (Big East), Notre Dame, and UMass (FCS).
Yeah . . . I don't think so.
At least if you mean a team in any BCS conference
What you are saying is that:
WMU+ND 2009+EMU>UConn+ND 2010+UMass
WMU<UConn (This is also not debateable)
ND 2009 ~~~~ ND 2010 (BK is better than CW)
EMU<UMass (This isn't even debateable they are)
I see 2 teams that are definitely better and one that is a tossup...
I don't get your point...
The teams we've faced this year are virtually equal overall.
UConn is probably better than WMU. I'll give you that.
Notre Dame with Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate (in addition to Allen, Floyd, Rudolph), etc. was probably better than ND 2010.
And I know EMU sucks, but as an FBS school, it's probably better than an FCS school.
I'd say all of those factors even out the schedule . . . and our defense is worse this year than last. That's not a positive trend.
Beat home opener soundly, a team hyped to be good, with a good QB...but not really that good. Then back and forth last second win vs. ND. Followed by an ugly much too hard win against a bad bad team. We may have moved Delaware St. Up to next week, but if we have a last second win vs. Indiana, I'm not going to feel real good going into MSU week. Or have any confidence in overtime.
I think I'd give that game to UMass.
the biggest fucking moron on this site, Magnus.
Suggesting that a school is "probably better" than another just based on its division affiliation is asshattery of the highest order. Scratch that - giving a team from the MAC or Sun Belt - two universally horrible conferences - a decided edge over one of the top 20 teams in the FCS(which UMass is) is fucking ridiculous. EMU shouldn't even exist and you're suggesting it's better than a solid UMass program that hung with a better version of last years UM team that massacred EMU, that prestigious D1 institution.
Throw in that UConn is way better than WMU and ND10 is probably better than ND09 just based on the coach in charge, and this is just another regularly scheduled fuckup by your dumbass.
There's not much of a comparison between this year and last years schedule. Not much at all. And if you can't see this team trending upward, you're just hopeless.
This is where you drag out the thread. Ready, Set, Go.
You really are the biggest fucking moron on this site, Magnus.
You had me at, "the biggest fucking moron."
Somebody's getting a little hysterical, and it's not Magnus.
EMU shouldn't even exist and you're suggesting it's better than a solid UMass program that hung with a better version of last years UM team that massacred EMU, that prestigious D1 institution.
Yeah, UMass is awesome because they hung with the Michigan Wolverines. It has nothing to do with Michigan just flat-out being bad yesterday.
ND10 is probably better than ND09 just based on the coach in charge
You say that it's "asshattery of the highest order" to say that EMU is better than UMass because of it's division . . . and then you say that Notre Dame is better this year simply because of its coach. Notre Dame is 1-2 right now and they finished last year 6-6. I'm no math major, but I'd say their winning percentage is worse this year than last.
But hey, cussing out people on the internet is the classy way to go. You must be proud.
Our defensive line has produced 1 sack in 3 games.
If you don't understand the reason for this, then I'm sorry corch, but you don't know fucking football.
Graham had 0 in the first 4 games in 2009. Extrapolated out after the 3rd game he was on pace for... none???
The D as a whole, so far, as a unit, is not better than last year. That doesn't mean it won't be. But progress against UCONN all of a sudden doesn't look so nice after they lost to Temple today. And UMASS, come on. I happen to think things will improve, and that this game could end up being a "throw that one out" game because it came after a big win on the road. But any encouragement defense-wise got thrown out today--maybe it will return, but for today, you're crazy if you think its not a problem.
If those are the facts then I'll stick with hysterical
Michigan gave up 37 points to a I-AA team.
Michigan gave up 4.4 yards per carry to a I-AA team.
Michigan gave up 222 yards on 22-27 passing to a I-AA team.
Michigan allowed 5 touchdowns and a field goal to a I-AA team, while forcing only 3 punts.
It's OK to acknowledge a horrendous defensive performance, honestly. Don't tell me that what smells like shit is actually roses.
I'm ignorant? You're in denial. UMass is the #11 ranked team in division I-AA. Allowing them to manhandle us like we did is horrendous. Even assuming they'd be the 80th best team in I-A (which they wouldn't be), the defensive performance would be terrible.
Accept reality. It's OK to acknowledge a shitty performance, it doesn't make you a bad fan.
However - If you really want to rationalize it, We actually beat 1.5-2 FCS teams as Umass cherry-picked the best players from 2 other decent FCS teams at the end of last season. One of the starting guards was a starting left tackle on his team last year.
Imagine how much better Michigan's D-depth would be this year if we had been able to do that - even if the players were chosen from EMU and Toledo, we probably could have found a few players that would have been in the two-deep today.
Count me in the "happy to walk away with a win" crowd -- Didn't we all say that the D would be really bad this year and we would have to outscore people?
Manhandle us? That's a little over the top. Give us some fits, yeah ok, but we certainly didn't get manhandled.
Even assuming they'd be the 80th best team in I-A (which they wouldn't be), the defensive performance would be terrible.
They might be about that, or better. Sagarin had them at #69 going into the game. They've played several I-A teams in recent years and all but one were close. Being in a lower division does not automatically mean that they're worse than every team in the higher division. They'd probably beat a team like EMU easily.
None of which, of course, excuses our defensive performance.
as Minnesota. Minnesota fan is horrified over losing to the Dakotas--and they should be.
They marched up and down that field at will.
NEWSFLASH! 1-AA (aka FCS) doesn't mean the same thing today that it did 10, or even 5 years ago. UMass could win the MAC, and the FCS division they play in will be more competitive than the ACC.
Didn't UM Mens Soccer Pick up the number one recruit in the country? I wonder if that kid can kick.... Maybe the UM Wresting coach can teach our defense how to use their leverage and take people down. You might sense some sarcasm here, but I am completely serious. ESPN or the Big Ten network could do some stupid piece on it too to play during the game.
I'm not that worried. Trap game (week after big rivalry win), against a grossly underrated opponent. Take the win, learn from it, and drive on.
An pretensions anyone had of going 10-2 just went out the window. We're (potentially) an offensive juggernaut, and weak and thin on defense.
In the grand scheme, remove 10 pts off the UMass ledger and it's a fairly predictable outcome.
You saw a 6-6 to 8-4 team struggle in a trap game.
Well, considering 6-6 means only 2 wins in the Big 10 and a really good chance that Rodriguez is gone, I think you should be worried if you believe this is a 6-6 team.
I'm certainly not hysterical, but am frustrated at the defense's performance today. Using those stats you point out:
1: An FCS (1-AA) team ran the ball for 217 yards against Michigan. And there wasn't a single 'big-play' that accounted for a lot of yardage. It was methodical, consistent yardage by an FCS team.
2. The defense allowed 37 points to an FCS team.
3. I will agree that the big-plays on offense gave the defense little rest and put them on the field often, but that is a good thing. When the offense strikes quickly, the defense needs to step it up to support the team as well.
4. The defensive play was not similar to the first two games. The allowed nearly 100 less yards against UConn to begin the season, and against Notre Dame about 150 of those yards were on two big breakdowns on defense. Take away those two plays, and ND is around 380 yards of offense. Michigan allowed no big plays today to affect the total yards allowed. Again, it was consistent yardage throughout the game. There is no good reason an FCS school should gain more yards and more points against the D when Michigan faced (supposedly) quality opponents to start the year.
In conclusion, I'm not hysterical but more disappointed with the play today. I still think we can have an 8-4 or 9-3 record. But I think UMass exposed a huge weakness running right at the defense and gaining consistent yards on the ground. No dig at UMass, but I'm sure the O-line at Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State are more talented and have guys just as big as the UMass O-line. Somehow the defense needs to find a way to combat the power running they allowed today.
I am pleased, though, that the offense put up 42 points in what amounted to 2 quarters of work. I could certainly see more games like this in the future, hopefully with the same results.
You can't just remove the big plays, they are a part of the game and belong in the average. It's like saying "yeah, our stats are good, if you just ignore the bad ones".
I'm looking at today's game like this - If this was 2008 or 2009, we lose this game.
I agree this is not the same team as the last two years. Something is different. There is more confidence and a sense of being able to overcome adversity instead of just crumbling in the second half.
Based on what are you saying that this year's team is not like last year's? That we came back and beat Notre Dame on a last second drive (like we did last year)? That we held on to beat UMass?
The Big 10 is the test. If we go even 3-5 in the Big 10, we've shown improvement. Anything less, and this year is almost exactly like last year.
Actually Fuzzy, if we go even 2-6 in Big Ten play we have shown improvement...
As ugly as it was, at least they pulled out the W in the end.
I'll worrry when we're in B10 play against say IU and give up that much yardage combined with a loss. Teams don't play sharp every week and the guys obviously didn't, but instead of folding they fought it out and won. I'll take that kind of determination every day. Over the past 2 years if the team was flat they got blown out, not so anymore.
Every year top 10 teams come out flat against a team after a big win and lose. So its not uncommon. I said and still say, UM losing to Appy St opened the floodgates and you'll see it happening more and more with "lesser" or Cinderella teams. Thankfully it didn't happen today and the team takes its lesson to heart.
Enough threads like this. Everyone's happy we won. That doesn't mean we can't be critical of the peformance and offer opinions. Here're some numbers for you:
Average points allowed by FCS opponents versus UMass this season: 29.0
Points allowed by us versus UMass this season: 37
Number of our defensive starters with Rivals ratings of 3-star of better: 10
Number of defensive starters on previous UMass FCS opponents with 3-stars or better: 0
We played like shit and this site is for overanalysis.
I bet that there is probably at LEAST 1 player who was a 3* or above transfer on W&M.
Wow, you've really rebutted his point! There may or may not have been a transfer player on W&M who was three stars, and thus there is no reason to criticize our defensive performance. Or something.
I would imagine its easier for you to prove that there are any number of 3*s on W&M rather than for him to prove a negative, so why don't you get cracking on that.
Experience > OMG STARZ
In case you didn't get the memo, starz don't mean shit.
Irrational hysteria in the face of controverting facts is what made this country great.
I'm a woman and we're really good at being hysterical, so I'll take hysterical.
Oh yes, yes you are... Why is that, exactly?
The etymology of "hysteria" comes from the Greek work hysterikos, meaning, "of the womb, suffering in the womb." Thus, "hysterectomy".
Victorian-era doctors and even the Sears & Roebuck Catalog offered products and services to cure "hysteria" in women: vibrators and masturbation. Needless to say, it proved to be very popular at relieving the tension of daily life. All natural, 100% organic, and no lasting side effects.
I've already posted that it's a dangerous thing to underestimate many 1-AA teams. However, it was still UMass. We were lucky that the O finally showed up, because the D and special teams didn't.
Whoops, wrong thread.
While the first quarter can be accounted for as "hangover". The offense woke up and scored 28 unanswered points. While Mass is no doubt a good team and well coached who was up for the game. Once the offense gets M that 18 point lead. The door needs to be shut.
Chalk it up, but BG put up 44 on Marshall today, We do have to worry about next week.
Not looking forward to being "relieved" after every win and worrying about every offense coming to town for the rest of the year.
i've got to believe that the vast majority of the big 10 schools we face this year will be better than u mass-if that's the case, we're looking forward to a very long second half of the season. on a related note, i was told that mark may called for the immediate firing of GERG today-did anyone else hear that?
Most Big Ten teams are likely better than UMass, but you can't apply the transitive property to these things. The Michigan team that looked sluggish and unprepared today is not necessarily the same team we'll see later.
The effort on D wasn't there. When a below average D doesn't bring it, it looks like a horrible D....like today. I am just happy we got a W with that performance. Good to be able to learn a lesson in a win.
Mark May did indeed call for Gerg's head.
Can we call for Mark May's head? May and Holtz = awful.
We're not even 12 hours removed from the end of the game. It's okay to be hysterical for tonight and maybe tomorrow, because all we're left with tomorrow is the Lions, and that's enough to drive the best of us nuts. We can put the pieces together on Monday and look at this objectively then.
To be fair, the whole reason that this game was close was because RR ran off Boren and doesn't have any family values and thinks he's still in the Big East because he doesn't realize he's in the Big Ten now because this spread offense hooliganism will never work against the Big Ten.
We need to play better defense. that is all
we're not Notre Dame ;-)
What does it say that people's lives are setback when Michigan wins?
Jeebus, folks. It's a game. Michigan won. Umass is better than the whole bottom third of FBS, at least. And, guess what, we're trying to climb out of the bottom third basically of all FBS teams.
Chill out. Enjoy the win. This was letdown 101 after the first two weeks.
Umass never once had the ball in the second half with a chance to tie or take the lead. Only weird plays at the end made it look that close on the scoreboard.
Take the O.P's cue and Enjoy Life better. Do we need to BOO you to make you enjoy life better because we can do that.
tonight, im gonna be hysterical w/ my boy Jonny Walker.
In fact, I am quite satisfied with the d so far. No way I expected them to be 3-0 preseason. And, I believe they will continue to improve and break down in due accordance to their experience, health and opponent strength.
Think about this, we do know for a efact that this team can still win a game when an opponents offense scores 37 points.
That is nothing to scoff at.
I do believe these boys gonna get to a bowl game. Football watching is going to be very entertaining for us fans. Exciting.
dudes, wins always are goodt and are never badt.