This is your game thread have at it
Mount St. Mary's hired a private equity CEO to be their president. You'll never guess what happened next.
Goes well with #47
i need a link, i keep getting linked to USC vs Cuse'
Will have to adjust to the tempo of AF. Hopefully the offense will get an early score and gain some confidence.
They looked like they got gassed, quickly. And BWC is getting blown backwards again.
I keep getting linked too. Stupid buffalo ABC
word, Boston ABC is also showing the sc game
At least I'm not the only one. I too need a link.
ALL of the links are showing USC. So pissed, this is lame. If anyone has a working link please post.
First Row now working. Crappy, but working.
TD denard!!!! W
That is refreshing.
Was that last week?
Indeed, Denard is fast.
Did not get a breather.
Only downfall of that quick score. Damnit Denard, don't be so fast /s
Need a stream!!!
I'm streaming radio through mgoblue...
Hey, just like last week.
Oh, so that's why we love Denard.
That damn shoelace...
goes the dilithium?
Hope our D got enough of a breather...
Wonder if Al Borges heard any complaints about his play calling last week?
That Service family sure is athletic and patriotic!
That was a clinic on option defense
Nice to see Cam in the game; they're going for speed on D.
I'd like to see Hawthorne at LB he is fast and can chase down these triple option RB of AF. Desmond Morgan looks really slow out there.
Over/under Kovacs with 15 tackles.
He did have a nice TFL though.
AF really runs a very up tempo offense. It's early but didn't expect them to move the ball like this.
it took me 3 plays just to type this... Wow.
I am not in my section this week but I can hear the guys ten rows back with their usual annoying refrains of "shake your head", "get your head in the game" and otherwise yelling at Greg Mattison.
Some D adjustments do seem indicated, however.
The Michigan D line is simply awful.
D is embarrassing
We are getting gashed. Dline play is pathetic...
to playing against an option. Getting a 3 yard push, doesn't really help here. Probably tentative.
I mean, BWC was pushing around kids in high school, and these USAF guys are like 260lbs. I'm sure he could knock them over, but it would only hurt the team.
If I'm AF, I go for that. They have nothing to lose. 3 points does not help them, they need to go for some shock and awe.
Why? They are moving the ball very consistently. No reason for them to think they can't win straight up against us yet. If we respond with a TD now then it may be a different story.
That they fake a FG or a punt. They have NOTHING to lose. Very low risk, high reward.
Man we're missing Mike Martin but no excuses, someone on that D-line needs to step up and smash somebody!
Our first opportunity for Norfleet is coming up.
I'm fine with AF ending up anywhere in the 20's. Over that and I will be more skeptic.
this game might be closer than we'd like. hopefully denard doesn't score in two plays every time, though. our defense needs some form of a breather.
Them near the goal line, but we got to do a better job or the defense will be gassed in the second half!
But the gist of the Defense preview was that no other team plays Offense like AF so it isnt a strong indicator of future Defenseive play. Idk, I can see that a little bit but damn so
E of Michigan's defenders look lost.
I am not entirely worried yet about the defense.
Mattison has been playing excessively vanilla from the looks of things. He's going to have to start bringing the heat and make AF think more about their calls.
Atta boy Funchess
Funchess is huge.
Dude needs more playing time
Guy is a matchup disaster for teams.
I like the way this Brady Hoke recruits.
Our D we not haz it. I was happy we scored 14 against BAMA. The offense will be fine.
Good work Denard that is improvement as a passer
Pretty good quick read. People blitz from a location and that should be the first place you look to throw.
I know people said a lot of last year that they thought Denard had lost a step, but it really seems to me like he's not moving quite as quick as we're used to. I'd be surprised if he's not pretty banged up from Dallas.
It's good to see DRob running again.
I would really like to see Denard running it less here.
The offense looked pretty good moving the ball. Denard made a few passes and had a nice run. All in all can't complain.
Get the fuck outta here troll!
Where the heck was the blocking on that play.
Running Denard way too damn much...You don't use him up against a team like AF, Borges!
Come on Denard...
Another lifeless, uninspired effort so far
Somewhere, right now in Ann Arbor...Lloyd Carr is smiling.
The D line gets shoved all over the place and the O line doesn't push the line of scrimmage.
Did we really just punt from the 30 something? Sweet.
Purdue ND scoreless first quarter, Syracuse USC scoreless first quarter. Michigan Air Force is rolling. I love it.
Good to see Western Kentucky is hanging in there better against Alabama than us..... UGHHHHHH.
Anyone else think about taking Air Force at +21 today? Thought about it but can't bet against our boys.
Now that is Defense!
Hell of a play from Jake on that 3rd down stop.
That is the second nice play he has made.
Norfleet can't do punts?
We do some extremely stupid shit. Call for a fair catch and field the punt
Why didn't he fair catch that punt? No need to make it harder than it has to be.
Gallon has to field that punt.
I don't mind it. O-Line needs to get some push.
let's hope borges plans on giving fitz the ball
How are we not just pushing Air Force off the line of scrimmage? We should be running it down their throats
Funchess looks great.
Funchess looks good.
Denard looking much better passing today, even if it is against AF.
Our line play on both sides is scary bad.
I agree Ontario. I feel we should be able to line up in the I and pound away.
Fuchess is going to be a star a Michigan.
Yes sir. Monster target.
Funchess is gonna be a good one, no.
Funchess is the Deal.
BTW, very nice throw by Denard.
Agreed. Guarding my enthusiasm, but his throws are looking decent. I wanna see this go against a tall defense, though.
Funchess. This kid is sick!
Damn, I think I like this Funchess kid.
Devin Funchess is going to be SPECIAL!!!!!!!
Funchess!!! He looks pretty good, against Air Force though. Hopefully Borges keeps utilizing him.
Funchess is gonna be so good.
funchess is looking good
Devin funchess might be getting that #1 jersey. Holy cow!
Not many possessions for UM. Need to continue to deliver TDs. AF is playing well.
Devin G & Devin F - Double Trouble.
Does he bulk up and stay TE or move to wide out
Fred Jackson congratulated Devin Funchess.
Jackson: "Devin, you remind me of a young Ozzie Newsome with Tony Gonzales' size and Keith Jackson's blocking ability...just with a lot more speed and talent".
Tight end centric! Jerame Tuman loves this!
where were the playaction calls against bama? just watchin this game make me continue to wonder how much michigan cared about winning last week. yes i know bama schemed to stop denard but just the threat of him running wouldve open things up.
Funchess is a beast
Its great to have a TE with hands again. Reminds me of the days of Tuman. Go Blue!
A little late to the game, but it looks like Air Force can move the ball but UM is just a step above them in terms of talent and ability.
BTW, was there any boo-ing when the AFA was announced?
Love me some Cam Gordon.
Great D series.
Ok we are settling down now.
As predicted, Mattison started giving AF some different looks vs. the vanilla of the first two drives.
Has Pipkins been out there yet?
Hey Denard he's 5'6...
Denard should have pulled it down and run for 3.
Here we go again with the picks. I hate to see that but it's not really Denard's fault.
Vincent Smith is 5'8
Taco Pants took that one low.
Has to catch that ball...
Borges didn't pitch it to Taco Pants and/or fail to squeeze it.
front seven has to step up
Is anyone else noticing how bad Desmond Morgan is playing? Yeah the whole defense looks bad, but Morgan looks really bad.
Denard threw high, but Devin Smith has to do a better job than that.
These linebackers read plays slower than the average HS team...
Man, it's a good thing Air Force can't finish any of these drives.
That's a good thing
spoke too soon.....
This is embarrassing.
For 133 Dropping by the minute or is it just me????
This is reminding me a lot of 2 years ago, painful to watch the defense and can't wait to see the offense get on the field.
Scored too soon . . .
Vs. the option.
That should have been a flag. You can't have a guy moving forward at the snap.
I've seen them do it a couple of times already.
Are we playing Canadian rules? They're running forward at the snap on that TD.
I too noticed that.
And yes, they do that here.
It's happened a couple of times - how could that have been missed?
Maybe we'll see something other than run run pass, run run pass this drive.
Had Demens ever beaten a block? I think he falls down as soon as the ball is snapped
His record is clean
Unimpressive and occasionally ugly.
I like it.
early part of the century.
Then again, maybe you should calm the hell down.
I'd take top 15 offenses.
Would it not be better to have the outside linebacker just go straight to the outside and have the safety fill the whole to take on the quarterback? Seems like it would be more effective to me.
It's a traaaaaaap!
I.E. they'll kill you with inside runs all day if you commit to the alley. You don't want to do that against the option. Each individual play has a really obvious defensive counter. The only problem is you don't know which one is coming, so you have to play really vanilla.
You have 2 timeouts use them!!!!
That Devin Gardner's pretty good.
Terrible clock management.
They wasted 30 seconds saving these two time outs. Hurry up offense isn't gonna do anything to air force and marching all the way to the 30 to watch the clock run out is a waste of effort.. Dumb dumb dumb
Hoke went to the Les Miles' school of time management I see.
...but were we just poor at time management?
That was very sloppy.
that our horrible performance against Alabama wasn't solely because Alabama is so awesome.
Im afraid we may be coming down to earth after last season. Sometimes the experts are right...
True that. I expected 6-6 last year and was pleasantly wrong. Never dreamed of 10-2 and a BCS win. My fear was and is unrealistic expectations for this year, I saw us 7-5 but now I don't think 6-6 is or even a osing season is out of the question.
That said, still no question in my mind Hoke is the right guy and we will in time be Michigan again. But it will be 2014 before his guys will really be making a major impact.
Sadly, we're pretty much were I expected we would be at the half - struggling on D and inconsistent on offense. I do expect that we'll pick it up in the second half.
Quite a half of football.
The coaches have me very nervous for the season. Terrible half of coaching.
Having 1 week to prepare for the Option of the USAF, Smith tipping a sure 1st down, and Borges calling a bunch of Denard runs and Funchess passes. Coaching staff impressed me so far.
3rd Q will be telling for sure.
I just hate that! Time for another IPA.
Michigan's crowd has historically been very vocal about how coaches should handle clock management decisions, particularly at the end of a half.
There was no booing there. There was no anxious buzz while it was happening. They are all still in "Brady is God" mode. Sad.
Al Borges is great. Apparently Alabama and Air Force have awesome defenses.
If this season continues like this I'm going to revert back to 2008 drinking habits...
Hoke blew the time management there. No excuses for that stuff. BWC is a bust. He's getting pancaked. He just gets blocked too easily. That's the story of his career. Defense is one extreme or another. The running backs can't get no daylight to run in. The team needs to impose it's will and dominate these smaller dudes
Fitz looks really rusty.
So does the right side of the OL.
Well at least Purdue just scored on ND.
So, but Michigan is highly overrated. That is some piss poor clock management.
Michigan. Is. Bad.
That's all that there is to say. Gonna be a long season. OLine gettin pushed around by inferior competition. Don't even get me started in the defense, holy hell. Don't know how much more I can take of this. Is this even football?!
That's why you're given timeouts. I'm no coach but that was piss poor clock management. You've got a team who's giving you all you can handle and now has a ton of momentum going into the third quarter.
This is way too reminiscent of 2010. The only thing that made the defensive bleeding bearable was the thought of the offense getting the ball back. And then the offense inexplicably stalls out. Kills the spirit.
There's no excuse for the poor play from both our lines right now. We could be in for a much longer year than we anticipated. I'm afraid we've taken a step back on both sides of the ball.
Bunch I whiny bitches in here. You'd think we always blow every opponent out from the reactions in here.
Of, even. Hate this damn iPhone keyboard and it's auto-correct.
This is a scary game after losing big to Alabama. The Air Force team seems to be the only people excited about this game.
Sissy who is doing it.
Wisconsin is sucking it up and losing to Oregon St 3-0 with 8 minutes to go in the half.
and I'm sure the coaching staff will dial up some proper adjustments. Faith.
Yes, I'm less than enthused about the clock management at the end of the half there and the line play on both sides of the ball, but we've driven to Air Force's side of the field every time we've had it.
It very well could be another long year (I thought we were done with this), but it's not like Michigan didn't have 7-5 seasons under every previous coach.
Air Force's offense can be confusing for a team that doesn't see something like it often. I'm not surprised the defense is having problems.
To see the offense having these problems is worrisome.
Thing your over reacting, 6 possessions and 3 TDs.
This game's already a blowout if Smith doesn't tip that pass straight up for an easy pick. Air Force rushes for 300 yards on everybody, too. I'm not worried at all. We look better than any of our upcoming opponents.
Good job Norfleet!
Norfleet looking good!
Thank God for Denard.
Well that was quick.
Against ND in 2010. "And they'll never catch him."
Nice last block by Gardner there to guarantee that TD.
Not too shabby stalk blocking by Devin. Not great but .
Let's see the D put the boot on their neck
One shoe to boot!
Wonder if Fitz will get any yards.
Two holdings on BWC...COME ON
Looks to be much more decisive than Demens.
D is not so good.
Has Ross been in. I know he got clobbered a bit last week but I feel he has some good skill to match a triple option.
This looks like a GERG D, only worse!
Kovacs was covering 3 guys on that play
Not gonna win that battle, lol.
We still need a lot of work on defense. We are missing too may tackles and look way to indecisive.
Not watching. @ kings island and not on espn3 here
Wow...don't even want to think about how we are going to stop backs like Bell and Burkhead..
The only thing I find comfort in is the fact that they don't run out of this type of offense.
Block in the back much? Guy gets free and gets shoved with two hands on his name patch.
I was just thinking the same thing.
either Service or Freedom blocked Taylor in the back on the fourth down TD.
Was blocked in the back. Would of had position.
I mean how do the refs miss that?
Is Mattison smoking. Everybody n the place knows theyll go outside but he stacks the box. W.T.F.
Blatantly blocked in the back on that TD!
There is a whole lot of doom and gloom on this board today.
No joke. Bunch of whiny bastards. Must all be new fans. This is normal for us in early season.
We're only beating Air Force by 4, and it could be one if they had made the field goal. Maybe your expectations have been sufficiently lowered during the Rich Rod fiasco, but I expect Michigan teams to actually play well against a service academy. This is Michigan, not some bottom dweller. We shouldn't be settling for a narrow win against a bunch of high school sized players. Especially after last week's embarassment.
Our offense is moving the ball at will, as it probably should be against this defense. Our defense is certainly not calming any concerns from last week, but it is a defense designed to line up against pro sets and zone read options. I am not sure how much struggling against this team tells us going forward.
...but I think this shows that's it's not X's and O's, but rather Jimmys and Joes.
We just don't have the talent like we did last year. There isn't a whole lot our coaches can do.
Thankfully, we are getting a crop of studs coming in. Hoke may not be the greatest coach, but he can bring in the talent, and this is worth his weight in gold (and thankfully, he is not a small person)
Uggggh!! We are a 7-5 team at best....our D is getting run through more than Craig James dead hooker!!
Our D is undisciplined. We take ourselves out of plays. Also our D Line needs to penetrate to bust up some plays early. Just not there yet.
Did we practice defending the option? Nobody gets to the outside for the pitch!!!!
This is 2008 all over again. PATHETIC.
Seriously? Did you watch 2008? This is nothing like 2008.
Michigan had many returning starters, a second year under Mattison and they look 100% worse than last year. They simply can't get off blocks
Relying way way too much on running Denard...
Blocking from the OLine has been much better in the 2nd half so far, although we still haven't seen any Toussaint runs.
(Yes, I'm basing this on 4 plays)
Good throw there and good job Jerald.
FUNCHESS U DA MAN
is gonna be a star.
Finches is #1 in my book right now. Damn.
Is that the guy from American Pie?
I know he hasn't gotten much traction, but it's like we've abandoned him this game.
Nice job Denard, nice job Devin!
How many stars did Funchess have as a recruit?
3* to Rivals.
Gardner is looking much better this week. His routes look pretty good.
That was a horrible route. But nice TD catch.
Devin and Devin???
These two could be a pretty damn lethal 1-2 punch methinks.
Need to get a stop here.
predictions about weak D line appear to be very accurate. BWC invisible except for 2 holding penalties
would it be possible for the D to make a stop now?
He looks a step late on every play.
Get off the field D!
Weren't we favored by 21.5 going into this? Unless we can get a couple stops we aren't going to come anywhere near that.
No kidding. Am I only one that feels like I'm watching a game from the RR era?! C'mon defense.
No you're not. That's been said plenty of times as you can imagine.
Our pass coverage has been spot on today, even more so when you recognize what a strong passing team Air Force is. And we're outgaining them by a mile. And our defensive line is manhandling their offensive line, even though those guys they have on the line are gigantic.
Herm you slay me
How the hell is AF pushing us back...
D will get off the field quickly. Unfortunately after giving up a TD, but they'll be off the field soon.
They'll be rested and ready to go!
argh i hate shootouts
This feels like watching a game with RR coaching. All offense, no defense.
Read the comments. That's been said 30x now.
Yeah, thx smartass, just signed in. Watch the game and don/t worry about the repetative comments. Who's gonna read 316 posts to see what's been said to avoid repetition anyway? Well, you will apparently
How many times is the AF coach going to scratch his nuts?
My wife asked that too.
On them yet????
They've had a few early on, but nothing in the 2nd half I believe.
Yes...Do we have to whine about the officials everytime we play bad?
No. We have to whine about Borges running Denard either too much or too little.
Is the real deal. Unfortunately our entire defensive line sucks ass
Air Force coach sure does a lot of croch grabbing.
For a service academy, they act more like The U. Playing a helluva game, though.
Just lit up Dietz.
lucky that was a bad pitch
Last week it was that Ala isso much more talented, this week its how great AFA's option scheme is, what willitbe against UMass? That the Minutemen were using muskets?
Finally the defense steps up!
4th down stop! How ya like them apples?!
Get that shit outta here!
Fitz is picking up right where he left off in the Sugar Bowl
lazy pass there
His early pressure blew that fake up
Is bolden in for demens and ross in for morgan? I don't know if I should feel good or bad about that.
IDK either...Demens seems to have regressed and decieded to play like Obi, but Bolden looks inexperienced like he is.
What a shitastic punt..
I never thought a punter could be a bust until Hangerup got to campus...
Apparently it's hard to punt when you've been doing marijuana.