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Early Bowl Projections
I'll vote for facing Alabama in the BCS Championship game.
I would rather play LSU. I think that would be a fun matchup. With that being said, the Gator Bowl would be great because that would mean we would probably be around 8-4. I am just taking this season 1 week at a time though. It looks like it is going to be a ride.
Also, I dont know if you read in a different thread los, but I am also in Antwerp. Been here for 3 months. If you want I can shoot you an email. Nice to know there is another Michigan fan in my area code now.
I am sure RR and co are trying to win a Big Ten title and I really really hope they pull it off. I am just saying, going into the season I was on the fence between this being a 7-5 or 8-4 team. If we ended up going 8-4 I would be pretty happy about it.
Seems like Rich can realistically go into any game and know he has enough weapons to play with anybody. He didn't mention big ten championships and rose bowls much the first couple years that I can recall.
Remember the obviously more confident Rodriguez before UCONN? After you get some mud on the car in a few games it is easy to forget how much you loved it new. This is especially true for the fans.
I haven't seen any sign that confidence from a few weeks ago has been dulled in the Coach. Since he knows the team better than me and I wouldn't consider him any sort of poser like a lot of coaches, I think we still have some surprises in us.
Nate you sure look different... can't figure it out.... is it the glasses?
Bo's expectations: Win the Big Ten if we win the Rose Bowl kewl. HE had one hell of a career. I lost alot of money on Michigan when they (go west young man) Now we have a guy, that wants to win more than that, that is more personable than Llooyyddd CCaarr and that doesnt kick kids off the roster, he lets them weed themselves's out. I E Mallet Threatt , i could go on but u build a team around your qb. RR let a couple good ones go....but he got what he wanted. Guessing a few more will come and go. His choice, his job good luck RR im still pulling for u.
Lloyd Carr called...he wants you to get off his ass.
"I could go on" but Lloyd Carr won a National Championship, remember?
This sort of Lloyd bashing is ridiculous.
I think that makes two total. Not bad. I've only been here for a few weeks. Cool place. Shoot me an email (not sure if it appears in my profile, though, any suggestions?) Go Blue...
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Be prepared to be spammed for life!
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I'd rather play in a bowl game.
This. Very much this.
I'd also take the Texas Bowl or Dallas Football Classic, just for the ease of travel.
it would be pretty sweet to tackle
I want to buy in, I REALLY do, but I don't see anything better than 7-5 right now. Indiana is suddenly fear-inducing.
Indiana might score a ton of points, but their defense has a lot of question marks also. And if their defense is as shaky as ours Denard should cause them fits.
Georgia isn't looking like a bowl team. They have to get 5 wins out of these remaining games.
@ Miss State
One or two slips against teams they should beat and the Dawgs will be struggling to make a bowl.
Not easy to win with an inexperienced quarterback is it?
Colorado, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Idaho State are pretty much gimmies, and Kentucky and MSU aren't that great.
Tennessee played Florida tough this weekend, and I wouldn't be surprised if they snuck up on some people. I wouldn't call it a gimme game.
though isn't it. One slip and the Dawgs are in trouble. I wouldn't call any rivalry game (Tenn) a gimme.
I think they'll be the favorite in seven of those games, Florida and Auburn being the exceptions.
I'm still glad we got RR instead of Miles.
Imagine how ridiculous this comment would look if we manage to only win 2 more games this season and he gets fired.
But, of course, that won't happen and when we win 4 straight titles from '12 to '15, this will look brilliant!
We're presently 3-0...
We started 4-0 last year and look what that got us. Bumpkis.
How does our recruting look for defensive players? Are we going to get a truck load that will actually get admitted to the school and then not transfer?
Not worried about looking ridiculous. I'm glad we got RR instead of Miles...period. If someone is going to wait to see how many wins we get this year and decide after the fact whether I look ridiculous be my guest.
I said it when he was hired and will reiterate it now. I like RR and I believe he is going to get it done in a big way here.
Second guessers line forms by the door.
Not second guessing at all, just making an observation
If Georgia makes it, that is.
Anyone will do but if I have to pick my choice would be a bowl with Cap'n Crunch w/ Crunch Berries.
Lets just take one game at a time but win everyone. It would make me so happy if Michigan could knock off both MSU and OSU!
It makes you realize how spoiled we have been as fans for so long. Now, we're at the other end of the ring and fighting our way back, hoping we beat MSU... when three years ago losing to them would've been unthinkable. We'll be 'back' when we have high expectations and confidence game in and game out. Not hoping. That being said, I will appreciate it a hell of alot more this time. You don't know what you have until you loose it.
We'll be back...
Why would it have been unthinkable to lose to MSU three years ago? From 2001-05, four of the five games went down to the final play, and then the 2007 game went down to the final minute. Frankly, we were very fortunate to put that winning streak together.
I think he might mean that beating MSU is now a goal, and no longer an "expectation"? I definitely see your point though; we eeked out a few too many close ones.
Guys, I know we have had our worst back to back seasons, but part of what makes this program the BEST DAMN PROGRAM EVER is the fact that we want championships.
EVERY YEAR THE GOAL IS TO BEAT OSU AND GO TO THE ROSE BOWL.
That is what I want, if it doesn't happen then after the year I will re-evaluate if we did a good job. Its possible that 8-4 would make me happy, but guys lets be honest if we're 8-3 going into OSU and we lose, will you be happy?
There is no fucking way.
Agreed. Although I do observe our confidence as a fanbase somewhat lower than when we have a veteran winning team (and very reasonably I might add) I do believe it when the coaches say that every year the goal is the same: win the big ten and head to the Rose Bowl. What we can control. When the system is completely in place and established, and a full rotation of players has occurred (by class) the goal will seem far more attainable because. Nevertheless, I don't expect to lose ever, especially not against OSU. Our kids almost took them down last year and I believe we played better in plenty of ways. A win is never out of reach for this program.
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I think with the offense we have a shot at beating anybody even OSU.I say if this offense was the offense last year we beat OSU easy with the way there playing so far and with the DR factor.
With our offense we can beat ANYONE. Unfortunately with our defense we can lose to anyone including Indiana or Illinois. Let's hope we get some holes plugged and some fire in that defense. If we do, our upside is unlimited.