Michigan Monday is up at The OZone. LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/Purdue/michiganmonday.html
I was able to watch the whole game in Chicago, but apparently they cut away in Columbus. I was really hoping that Gerdeman would have some comments and analysis on what this portends for Michigan - Ohio. Alas, with the Ohio debacle against Indiana, he was in no mood. A few quotes and synopsis:
Michigan's 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday carried a couple of statements with it. The first is that the Illini (2-5, 0-3) are completely terrible right now. They have no direction and no plan.
The other statement is that this Michigan team does not suffer fools even a little.
In other words, the teams left on Michigan's schedule need to play some of their best football of the year in order to win. I think the days of the Wolverine offense giving games away is over for the year, and the defense is really beginning to play as a single entity right now.
A long section on Toussaint, which I will cut down:
Once again, however, Fitzgerald Toussaint struggled. Other than a pair of twelve-yard runs, the rest of his 16 carries went for just 38 yards (2.4 ypc).
Toussaint's numbers become more concerning with the numbers put up by backups Thomas Rawls (9-90) and Justice Hayes (10-66).
Too many times a Toussaint carry feels like a wasted down.
I don't know how much longer they can continue to give him carries in order to work out of whatever funk he is in. Maybe this is just who he is now.
The fact that he can't capitalize on the threat that Robinson provides on his reads – which were fantastic this week – is damning.
Comments on the passing game:
An interesting thing happened after Robinson threw eight interceptions in his first four games – Borges stopped calling so many passing plays.
Will Michigan play in any games this season where Robinson needs to throw the ball 25 times again? Even with just eleven passes thrown on Saturday, there were a couple that shouldn't have been thrown.
Props to Jake Ryan:
There is nothing that he is asked to do that he doesn't excel at. If he is in a position to make a play, he makes it. He's a guy with great range who is quick enough to play in the slot, and yet had a fourth-down stop playing defensive end.
When Buckeye fans lament the loss of in-state linebackers Trey DePriest and Jordan Hicks to Alabama and Texas, they need to put Jake Ryan at the top of the list because the Buckeyes actually have to face him on the field.
And lastly, he has awesome hair.
Ridiculous Ohio Hubris, indirectly damning Ohio defensive coaching:
Looking at the depth charts of the Ohio State and Michigan defenses, I think there are only three Wolverines that would be starters on Ohio State's defense – Ryan, Demens and Jordan Kovacs. That's it.
Yet somehow Ohio State's defense is giving up a touchdown more per game, and nearly 120 yards more per game as well. Michigan's defense is just so completely fundamentally sound that they are able to neutralize their weaknesses in ways that most teams cannot.
A few bullets:
- Michigan is getting ready to dominate MSU Saturday.
- Nebraska and NW are the only remaining challenges.
- Funchess' grab should have counted for two passes.
- Gallon needs to get more touches, as has been noted all season.
- OL had its way with an IL DL having some talent.
- Washington was very active.
- Ryan is the only significant pass rusher.
- Demens & Morgan are doing well and holding off the freshmen.
- Mattison wrings every ounce of ability out of his players and schemes the rest.
- Not sure anyone can run on Michigan between the tackles.
A good read, as always, although as I said, I would like more thoughts from Gerdeman on implications for Michigan - Ohio.