I didn't label this OT because it relates to Michigan's offense, IMO. I also didn't put this in the lions open thread because it is something different from the game itself.
And on we go. Has anyone else noticed the Lions have been using a ton of spread elements this year? I have seen them run the zone stretch out of the shotgun, use a TE coming across the formation to block an unblocked DE on a belly play like Michigan used to do with Minor all the time, and just today the Lions did a freaking read option with Stanton.
I find this interesting for so many reasons. First of all, for all those who say the spread is dead, then why are NFL teams using it. Also, this has to give ammo to RR and other spread coaches who probably face a lot of negative recruiting about how their system doesn't prepare guys for the NFL. Well, it would seem that isn't true anymore either. I am firmly in the keep RR camp and I think this only strengthens the argument against all the would be "this system can't work in the Big Ten" because apparently it can work in the NFL. And before we get any jokes about the Lions and obviously it doesn't work, I have seen other pro teams do similar things.