Cam Gordon is not playing safety.
landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Cam Gordon is not playing safety.
THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kick off in a day and change. Drink it up before hand if you need confidence in order to make noise at the game. We're playing against Tommy Rees for goodness sake, breathe asigh of relief.
Rees will be the guy. I think he will start, but I am not entirely sure that this is not just the continuation of Brian Kelly's tantrum. IMO, Crist is better. I think they will go back to him, maybe in this game.
This was posted last week I believe but its worth posting again...
Listen to Valenti on 97.1 right now.....apparently 2010 Auburn has been reincarnated into 2011 ND.
"ND had a good grasp on the game last year before their starting QB suffered injuries. Now, both are healthy" - Braylon1
Their starting QB is not starting this game.
Why not watch the game and find out with the rest of us?
well, although i love the gif's i was hoping someone could assist me here.
Because their QB's name is Tommy. What the hell else do you want us to say?
I think it will be something like this...
I'm trying not to get worked up because I have no control over it. I'm just going to enjoy the experience. But it will be a nail-biter, me thinks.
There is going to be a hype video and fireworks. Maybe even a fly over.
I just got my first job offer after graduating from UM this spring, and if we win, this might be the best weekend of my life!
This should be the only reason you need.
So, I am going to give it an honest shot:
1. We beat them last year.
2. The team that beat ND last year returns in full (essentially).
3. The team that beat ND last year was scary young and lacked depth. We are now less scary young and have some actual depth.
4. Our defense has an actual D coach that does rub his beaver on the faces of 18-22 year old men.
5. But seriously, expanding on point 4, we have a real D coach who seems to have taught our players such basic concepts of tackling with their arms and swarming to the ball. Said D coach likes to employ something called a blitz, something that our former D coach considered to be a foreign concept.
6. The offense - Denard will not rack up 500 yards (probably) because now ND has seen him. But, I wouldn't put it past the combo of Denard and Fitz /Shaw / Hopkins / Smith to get to 500. Our offense is still going to be able to put up a ton of points on ND.
7. ND's QB is the guy that couldn't beat out the guy who he is replacing after that guy was benched for the startying job. Put more simply, they are playing their back-up QB.
I agree, generally, but...
You do know that Teo tackled Denard for no gain (or little gain) in that "heisman" picture, right?
But the picture is awesome. Seeing Denard in the exact Heisman pose in a game where he put up over 500 yards (!!!!!) makes me happy.
And two plays later Michigan scored to go up for good. So... yeah.
I still don't have a good feeling about this one.
The favored team in this rivalry is 3-19 in the last 22 matchups. History is on Michigan's side.
the most messed up stat I have seen . . . ever. I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around it.
To blow your mind further, 2007 and 2008 were both years when the favorite won--aka the worst ND and the worst Michigan team of the last...ever managed to lose when they were supposed to. The others are 1-19.
I'm confused. Are you saying our offense got predictable against Notre Dame last year or are you saying you think Denard will have 600 yards of total offense by himself this year instead of 500?
your confidence won't change the final score.
"Our defense has an actual D coach that does rub his beaver on the faces of 18-22 year old men." - michgoblue
I heard that there are charges coming regarding this.....
before we even played?
Put down the razor blades, get a haircut, throw away the smiths and cure records...ACT LIKE A MAN!
Suggestion: Don't get all soft.
Stay on the positive and enjoy the game - we're going to win this.
I will be there.
It will be close.
They have magic juju.
We have Denard.
It will be close.
Michigan '10. Michigan State '10. Tulsa '10. Michigan '09. USC '09. Navy '09. Pitt '09. UConn '09. Stanford '09. UNC '08. Pitt '08. Syracuse '08.
Notre Dame hasn't displayed magic juju in a close game in a long time... maybe the Valenti Pucker-Pucker-Teddy-Ruxpin-Make-Plays game against State in '06(?)
"I did enjoy hearing from Borges in this week's press conference that Michigan barely got into the offense."
Can anyone give me some more context on this quote? Was he saying that their staff saved plenty of stuff for ND? Or more that, since its a new system, they don't have the entire playbook installed yet?
FYI - Your head looks really tiny sitting atop that massive body of yours.
Oh and drink 'til you puke this weekend old girl.
the context was that we have more to show and havent touched much of what can be used
probably had more to do with the fact that they only ran 39 offensive plays last week. so a lot of the installed playbook wasn't even utilized due to the defensive td's that limited possessions.
2 defensive scores + no 4th quarter = relatively few offensive plays
I think everyone here knows that this one can go either way. No one really knows what kind of team Michigan and ND have. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Michigan has the most improved defense of the Millennium, plus it's at home and a night game and ND's quarterback will melt under the spotlight.
Also, in case you forgot, we gots Denard! Remember last year vs UConn, Denard had no big plays (by Denard's standard), but busted out some long ones on the ground and through the air against ND.
For the third time in recent history Michigan 38 ND 0
Black Jesus and they don't.
1. ND's punts were worse than ours in Week 1. Also, Denard == not much punting.
2. ND missed a chip shot FG last week. Also, it's not like our placekicking can be worse than the two missed FGs Gibbons had last year. /furiouslyknockingonwood
3. Our non-Denard running game should be dramatically improved over last year. Remember that ND didn't really know what to expect from Denard, so they focused on taking away the RB in the read option, which opened everything up for Denard. Expect more RB runs and more success. Also, Denard's passing reads are not as complicated as you would see for a senior pocket-passer with multiple years of experience in a system. After looking at two or three receivers, he should be trained to take off. Think Terelle Pryor 2008-2009. One-two reads, then run.
4. Crist could not have had a "good grasp of the game" since he got injured at the end of the first drive. By the same standard, Carder had a good grasp of the WMU game halfway through the first quarter. Crist was not as dominant in the 2nd half as we sometimes think. His drives in the 2nd half were as follows:
Long TD pass on Cam Gordon derp 1.
66-yard drive for a chip-shot FG.
GRITty first play INT by Kovacs
One 1st down, then punt.
One 1st down, then punt.
Three-and-out on 3 straight incompletions.
Long TD to Rudolph on Cam Gordon derp 2.
Two completions to Floyd as the clock expires.
That's seven meaningful drives, with two derps by Gordon and a single sustained drive.
Verdict: competence at deep safety might have resulted in ND only scoring 3 to 10 points in the second half. Meanwhile, Michigan missed two makeable FGs (GIBBONS AARGH) and manufactured a scoring drive when they needed it, and won.
5. USF's offense is atrocious. Here were the points they scored against BCS competition last year, even assuming that the Big East qualifies as a BCS conference:
at Florida: 14 pts. (loss)
vs. Syracuse: 9 pts. (loss)
at West Virginia: 6 pts.(loss)
at Cincinnati: 38 pts. (win)
vs. Rutgers: 28 pts. (win)
at Louisville: 24 pts (win in OT)
vs. Pitt: 10 pts. (loss)
at Miami: 23 pts (win in OT)
vs. UConn: 16 pts. (loss)
vs. Clemson: 31 pts (win)
That's under 20 points per game in a conference not known for defense, and including two OT games. They are not good.
6. Half of the game was played with USF in a prevent defense playing not to lose. Also, almost 20% of their yardage came on a fairly meaningless late-game drive where USF was protecting a 10-point lead with under 2 minutes to play. Also, with USF's offense being as bad as it was, ND had thirteen drives. They ran exactly twice as many plays as we did last week. They should get over 500 yards if they have the ball that many times.
7. Michigan LB play should not drop off much (if any) from last year. Demens is starting full time, Ezeh graduating is a net plus, and Mouton had well-established issues with keeping containment. The current LBs already seem better-coached (judging by Brian's picture pages on Herron), and Jake Ryan has already made a massive contribution. However, of the seven things you mention, this is the only one that still seems like a real concern.
Now look at ND's concerns:
1. Our QBs keep throwing picks, and our "best" one isn't playing Saturday.
2. Our coach keeps turning purple and yelling mean things.
3. We couldn't stop Denard last year, and nothing about our defense has changed, except maybe it got worse.
4. Michigan isn't playing Cam Gordon at safety anymore, so the source of 58% of our points from last year is gone.
5. Under the Lights at the Big House is a little tougher environment than home against crappy Big East team.
In summation: USF sucks, we beat ND last year and we are a zillion times better this year rabble rabble.
The last two years when we didn't play any defense.
Or a reminder that this is Michigan, and Dana Jacobson said it best about the other team.
Is Hagerup not back in?
edit: sorry I'm retarded, was confusing him with Barnum.
Yeah, I make that mistake all the time, too.
I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.
Miles Davis-Feelin Kinda of Blue.