Over at Ohio fan website "The Ozone," there are two articles on Michigan, previewing the offense and defense, along with the schedule and predicted wins for the year. For those of you struggling to wait the next 11 days, here is a little bit more information:
Link for Offense: http://theozone.net/football/2013/MichiganMonday/offense.html
I don't think there is a whole lot that is earth shattering, although the review tends to be very positive.
The most surprising thing is that Gerdeman predicts at least 9 wins for Michigan, and doesn't predict any clear losses. He has MSU, Northwestern, and Ohio as tossups. He has ND as a win because of their QB situation.
A few other interesting schedule observations:
- Michigan has their bye week before MSU. I hadn't noticed this before, or had forgotten, but this means that Michigan has two weeks to plan, and to heal up and rest up.
- If Northwestern has won all their games prior to our matchup, they will do everything they can to win. If they have already lost several games, Michigan will probably prevail.
- Regarding Ohio:
The final game of the season against Ohio State will be the most important in Brady Hoke's career. Because of this, I will be surprised if the Buckeyes can come out of that game with a win.
Some player bullets follow. There are quite a few more: just go to the links.
To hear some tell it, Frank Clark is the second coming of Brandon Graham or LaMarr Woodley, and he very well may be. . . It could be a huge year for Clark, who has a ton of hype to live up to at this point.
Pipkins is a former five-star defensive tackle with tons of promise. We should begin to see that promise much more than we did last year when he was a true freshman.
James Ross is a will linebacker with tremendous instincts, which complement his athleticism nicely. He could be in line for a huge year if the defensive line holds up.
Overall defense, and Greg Mattison:
Overall, even if the individual parts don't blow you away on defense, Greg Mattison has a special way of putting things together that end up being pretty successful. It's like on 'Top Chef' when the contestants are given popcorn, Slim Jims, sardines and an egg, and they turn it into a $40 plate.
He ended up putting numbers on the board [last year] that would please any coach, even with his one-interception-per-game habit. This year, there is no doubt that he'll be better, and he was damn good last year. Yes, his two worst games came against the two best teams he faced, but that's how things usually work for quarterbacks.
Jeremy Gallon may only be 5-foot-8, but he plays a half a foot taller. He's not the fastest guy, he's not the shiftiest guy, he just has this knack for getting open, and sometimes wide open. He will be Gardner's security blanket, albeit a short-sheeted version.
Brady Hoke has loaded up on the offensive line in recruiting and he has blue chippers filling out the depth chart like thick-necked wall-to-wall carpeting.
Overall, this should be one of the best offenses in the Big Ten, even without one single workhorse tailback. There is plenty of talent on hand, but some of that talent is going to be called upon perhaps a little earlier than most coaches would like.