Michigan vs. Alabama Open Thread
So running right up the middle is working great, throwing against miliner is working great, and Denard not running is a fantastic idea. Let's try something different, Al.
atleast we wont get shut out
HECK YES WE JUST NEARLY SCORED A TOUCHDOWN.
I hope we got it in there on that catch.
We are going to win out!!! Hello rosebowl!!!
I am sitting here trying to think of a worse Michigan game. Florida State 91? Syracuse 98? Oregon 07? Ohio 08? Ohio 10?
I don't know. It'd be nice if we could find a way to make this respectable.
Was the bottom of the barrel
Wisconsin 2010. that 2nd half was awful
YAYYY it's grateful to be not shut out.
I spoke to soon damn penalty
Another coaching mistake
4 straight times if u have 2
damn time u run Denard
You score TDs when Denard runs! Funny how that works!
Im bretting DR has the option to run. Just chose to do it near the goal line. Probably little gun shy against real elite athletes.
Hey look when Denard runs, good things happen. I am glad Borges spotted Alabama 31 before going to it.
lol, normaly i hate internet jargon but in this case "lol" fits.
No shut out. I am overwhelmed with joy.
...your honeymoon is over. We'll see how you react to adversity and embarrassment like this.
Today, they were the better team. But we got a little closer today. And tomorrow, we will get closer, and the next day, and the next week, closer still. And I can promise everyone in this room that one day, and the day is not far away, this team will play an Alabama and it will beat an Alabama. We're not there yet, but we will be.
We are getting our asses kicked.
Why does Borgess always start conservative and hold Denard back from his God given ability to run the damn ball?!
Denard pass? Im sure Borges gives DRwas aome options. Just not sure DR is up to being an elite QB.
Get a stop before half
And only 2 runs aint this some BULLSHIT
does anyone know why barnum and mealer have traded positions? is this a permanent switch?
To bad, I'm way past drunk. I had to start mixing this German beer and whiskey together for this one.
I forgot Kovacs was on the team.. Nice to see ya big guy
Big will just got pushed 3 yards off the line on that play.
Im seeing great penetration by our D line and the LB's arent making plays
Are you playing a NCAA and blogging here? Our d line man to man is getting blown off the line.
Watching the game ?? Every play I see deep penetration (that would be an awesome porno name) or atleast decent Its the LB's fault
Why are they insisting on running Smith over and over for a 1yrd gain?
Can't seem to get any comments through on the live blog.
So, here goes:
me 2 that live blog sux......Damn dude got rocked for Michigan
I cant wait for us to get rid of these LB's
and I think this seems to be a common sentiment here, is that Denard is talented, but at certain things. For example, running the ball. However, there are other things at which he is not so talented. For example, passing the ball. We have a quarterback (Bellomy), who can throw (in theory), and running backs who aren't doing much, so why don't we move Bellomy in and give him a try (things can't get much worse), and let Denard do what he does best?
Denard gives us the best chance of winning any game at QB. If he is used properly, at this time he is not.
But we should be developing DG.
Halftime. Anybody else notice Oklahoma State up 70-0 on their cupcake at tgd end of the 3rd.
clean hit? my ballsack
Everything and anything going down in the SEC is legal and just. Because of their speed, they incur no penalties.
can suck it. A helmet to helmet hit is a "great hit"? I seem to remember a hit like that in 2006 he was positive was a penalty. Asshole.
Helmet to helmet?
Well, at least our no shut out streak is alive.
He hit him with the top of his helmet. How was that legal? I guess Herbie knows who he works for.
I have never in my life seen a time get such a beat down in my life. We'll live to fight another day but my God, it's like a varsity team whooping on the JV's before the coaches come to the field.
Yes, and I am BEYOND drunk at this point. Halftime, time to grab another G&T. FUCK ME!
Deoin Sanders Fl St came up to the Big House and smoked us pretty well early 90s
I wish we were playing a terrible team right now
2007 Oregon game was 32-7 at half. I'm not sure if that half, or this one is worse.
No, because I was passed out drunk . . .
Yes, yea I do
... But then I woke up
not over yet.. Go Blue..
Rich Rod will have all of his guys in here and we will win the NC!
I'm all for making Denard a better passer, but damn when shit is not workin, it's not workin! Quit throwing deep everytime. First couple series we were throwing quick routes, the wr's were just dropping catches. Quick routes is what we need. Oh and let Denard do his thing. Maybe drunk, but come on! Let's make this another UTL!!!
I don't think this can get much worse.
If we were playing North Texas or Navy or Fla Atlantic how much more enjoyable this game would be ...
North Texas actually has scored 7 on LSU defense
Stop turning over the ball and we could turn this thing around. Not saying we'll win, but we can give ourselves at least a shot if Denard sets himself loose and stops turning the ball over. The offense looked just as bad during UTL last year
I never thought this game should have been scheduled, even after last year. I just didn't think we were ready. But not even I was expecting this.
My main fear for the past year was our running game going nowhere and Denard throwing up prayers that are begging to get picked off. But his two picks so far haven't been prayers, they have been RIGHT to Bama receivers.
At this point, I'm more worried about Denard's shoulder than this game.
The first one does not count, considering our wr got shoved out of bounds 20 yards down field.
Still 30 minutes of football. F let's go Blue charge.
say blue charge? Ah yes... I remember reading about that... "The Charge of the Light Brigade"... That was where the Light Brigade of the British Cavalry, was annihilated during the Battle of Balaclava. Sounds about right.
I have heard that, "Scheduling games like this, tells us where we are as a program." If so... I am afraid, very afraid.
I think I see the wisdom of Wisconsin's and Nebraska's traditional out-of-conference scheduling approach.
I can really go for Alabama commercial right now.
Instead of feasting on a cupcake, they are getting to see what the team will look like after 2 more Hoke recruiting classes. This year's seniors have seen the depth of despair while we hoped and prayed just to make a bowl. They've come a long way, but this team isn't ready for the promised land.
No doubt a game like this prepares the players and the coaches to own the B10. We're not there yet, but this game makes more more confident that Michigan will be playing in the Rose Bowl this year and BCS bowls until the BCS goes away.
You really need to explain, where you see this team as being Rose Bowl bound...
My old friend.
After 1 year of Hoke was a terrible idea .... I could understand it 2014 but this was way to soon... I will always be an advocate of playing cupcakes to prepare for the season , to groom younger players getting them some PT and to work out the kinks ...You just dont do this to a team that really isnt on Bama's level
scheduled before Hoke got here..
Yep, we were supposed to be coming off of our national championship season under rich rod.
Please leave Section 1 out of it.
To be rod's 5th year.
The game was scheduled in 2010 while RichRod's squads were putting up the worst records in school history. The theory was we would be better by Denard's senior year...which is true. But certainly not good enough to challenge Bama.
Play calling has been suspect in a few games last year as well.
that is an understatement...
We are very capable of getting back in this game. Stop whining and freaking out. After a horrible start we have shown that we can stop them. It can't get any worse than that half, and it can get a whole hell of a lot better. They way most of you are acting is an embarrassment to these fine young men, this blog, and to yourselves. Get a hold of yourselves and act like Men(and women).
You must be watching a different game than I am. What channel is your game on?
So you didn't see the punt or fumble recovery? Regardless, this thread is an embarrassment.
they can stop them?
Are u drinking? Bama don't have to even pass in 2nd half.
...is wrong with you?
You think we can get back in? What have you been watching? They don't have to throw another pass if they don't want. They are averaging 5 yards per rush...BEFORE FIRST CONTACT!
In the words of Herm Edwards, "Hello!"
I appreciate your spirit, but damn, man, wake up.
You all have given up. I'm not naive, I know we probably won't win. However, I won't turn on these kids or this staff. Irrational homerdom be damned, they can make this respectable-give em a shot.
The negative ongoing complaining posts sound like the old guys sitting behind me in my section.
"God dammit Bernard...pass the ball...run the ball...do better."
ROFL. You sound like a sparty from the old days.
...and this has probably been mentioned, but...
CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY IT MAKES ANY SENSE TO NOT GIVE THE FOOTBALL TO YOUR MOST EXPLOSIVE PLAYER?!?
Al is trying to show how smart he is instead of doing his #1 job: get the ball to your playmakers. Two carries for Denard is not only inexcusable, it is criminal.
I really wanted to believe Michigan had a shot at this game and they did, but I didn't think they'd get steam rolled the way they are. I just want to see Michigan come out in the second half and put up some points.
Has the ball every play ... Borges cant make him pull the ball down and decide to run ... He has gave the ball off on EVERY read play that has been called..He has forced almost every thro instead of pulling it down and running ...This is Timid Denard we saw in games last year
I understand this is very discouaging but three things
1. the game isn't over, much time left.
2. Alabama is BY FAR the best team michigan is going against this year
3. Special Teams and O-Line seems solid
Holding out hope we can do something in the 2nd half .... Less passing more running
DENARD stop handing off on every read play
Those weren't read plays.
It's gonna be hard to go to work this week.
Without the 2 TOs its only 17-7....
I can sleep a whole lot better tonight. Thank you.
Well, even if Alabama is the best team we face, without Countess we are fucked, if the LB play doesn't start to pick it up we are fucked, and Robinson still can't win a game with his arm.
About the offensive coaching.
Lewan is not having a good game...
Yep burn a redshirt on a game were getting our asses kicked in. Smart.
I need to keep reminding myself this isn't the end of the world. The Big Ten Championship is the goal and still achievable.
He finally runs
Denard throws shitty
Nothing new, nothing new.
Throw to the little guys! Dileo and Gallon seem to have hands that Roundtree and Gardner don't.
Thrown a good pass - on target, not into tight cover - to DG tonite? Lmao.
So many overthrows...
Why doesnt he do that every single pass play pull it down and run....That would be better than him tryin to throw
At least Hagerup has looked not shitty tonight *searching for positives*
denard has missed way too many throws. you cannot make that many poor throws and expect to win against a good team.
will be make or break time ... I guarantee a heavy dose of running lets see what these LB's do
More awful tackling.
was that Pipkins way down field
Saban still throwing, he's trying to kill.
He should. This is a nationally televised game against the "number 8 team" in the country. This is where you make a statement for national title consideration later in the year.
Is in the game and was in the backfield ...Where were the LB'S
We're being outclassed by the national champs. We're not ready for this, but we're still building it the right way and can have a fine season. I wouldn't rule out a run at the B1G title and a Rose Bowl.
Definitely need the stop here.
I could only unmute for 45 seconds in the second half, then the slobbering was too much.
Ooooh long sack! :) Love you Will.
Good job Big Will
Let's go Big Will!
Dammit, that's BWC.
Greg or GERG?
Assume it's bad.
O-Line playing well, exception of Lewan.
Even Kovacs is missing tackles...
Kovacs with a missed tackle... don't see that often.
Good job guys.
Sack aside, I can't remember ever seeing an interior lineman dominated as thoroughly as Will Campbell this game.
Will is playing well tonight ...I cant place blame on him
He's getting pushed back near every play and ends up with his back to the ball within a few seconds after the snap. In glad he got a sack for confidence, though.
Has done a good job at the point of attack occupying 2 lineman ...but he isnt getting any help from the hesitant LB's
Campbell's making/influencing some plays.
Versus an offensive line with a combined 92 starts?
I don't like Alabama but that's a hell of an offensive line.
I was just typing watch the screen play
Missed 52 yarder. Theoretically, we are still alive.
guys, the talent level just isn't there yet. the key word, though, is yet. we'll get there.
even the almighty nick saban didn't build alabama up to the level its at in one year. two to three years from now, this game is a tossup.
We gotta get one right now. Unleash the Lace already.
Can't be stopped I guess
Alright, let's see if we can make something happen with decent field position!
but that means I don't have anything to change the channel to
But Bama being a lock past 50 yards was bullshit.
Denard run time. Please stay healthy.
BWC is the sheezy
It appears that Bama isnt even paying attention to Denard trying to run...He doesnt even realize he can gain 4-5 yards every time he runs
Need MOAR Lace!
didnt countess get hurt on special teams? another reason why starters shouldnt be on sp teams
I hear devin smith one more time.......
+1 to that.
I forgot about that already. Muteland has its perks.
His name is still not Devin Smith
....pretty much sums up the entire night.
Rawls and Smith are too small. Wasn't that a helmet to helmet hit?
Ive seen Bama do it multiple times now with no call. These refs are terrible.
That definitely isn't good
Id take him over Gardner right now
say it ain't so
Herbiew was discussing the back part of his back?
Ohio education, indeed.
Please no, not denard
That human frailty thing again.
There are no positives from this experiment.
Re Dave Brandon
The hate is swelling in you now...Give in to your anger.
He's a warrior giving his all.
You sir, are a asshole.
Looks like he strained his back the way he grabbed at it.
I would advise DB not to schedule a game like this in the future, our #1 cb and #1 QB out, we still have 11 games to play. We will get fucked this year without these 2.
OK he's walking.
Al Borges just got a chubby.
Seriously, fuck this game.
Your just coming to that conclusion now?
Well before I was just like fuck this game. But now I'm like seriously, fuck this game.
Another 12 yard gain for the bad guys.
Once again LB's taking the wrong gap
Man, even "Devin" Smith is struggling at running the ball for us.
Am glad for aligator armed pass.
34-7 2:34 3rd
It can happen ...How many did we score against ND in the last quarter
Denard, back on the sidelines? Dude's gotten it handed to him tonight. This is why, in spite of the interceptions and the problems passing and often-questionable judgment, I'm still proud to have him lead my team. Here's to hoping he can stay healthy and lead us the rest of the year. Go Blue!
It's easy to admire a guy like Denard. Win or less I know I love him.
Must consume Prilosec.
Man I hate listening to Musberger and Herbstreit talk. I would prefer to listen to Nickelback's complete discography than these guys while watching a game.
You did see Spielman last year, right?
Vincent Smith continue to get carries?
I really don't mind playing teams like the defending national champion, as long as it isn't the first game of the year. And seriously, fuck running smith up the middle already.
Borges has done a shitty gameplan with all these delay runs.
Denard Denard Denard ...........
HOLY MOTHER WE GOT A FRIENDLY PI!
No, we didn't. Anger.
I know. -___________________________-
That was just a dream.
then again, no
He is getting open ...If only Denard could throw he might be pretty good
F. U. C. K. I. N. G. Bullshit
Would be giving us some mercy calls rather than screwing us at this point.
DENARD TO GARDNER!!!!!!
Devin looked pretty matter of fact walking into the end zone.
That's what I'm talkin about! Go Blue !!!!!!!
do it again.
Hey, Hey, Gardner has to catch one of those deep balls, right!
I just had a pants moment.
DG let's go! Now let's get a stop.
I said he was getting open If Denard could throw we might be on something
Notre Dame 2.0???
we were against Notre Dame at the start of the 4th quarter...
Night game magic again? PLEASE, JESUS!
But the team hasn't quit. They may be Custer, but they're still fighting.
Y U NO TACKLE?!
Can it happen YES .....Will it happen probably not ....
Eight-yard ground gain with a few missed tackles feels about right.
Alabama's RBs are ridiculous.
I wonder if we might see more "sheathed Denard offense" in the first halves, especially when we have Toussaint back.
...I'm trying to understand whether they're being douche canoes because they're always that way, or they're semi-loyal to Saban.
And they're playing the game physically.
/hoke post-game catch phrases
And I was just thinking of him as I watched the under-manned Wolverines with too few Jr and Sr studs.
Is it bad that Denard still scares the shit out me every time he throws?
we may lose this game, but 1 and a half years ago we gave up almost twice the amount of points to a mediocre SEC team, so the defensive improvement is definetely there. Someone earlier said this defense is worse than the defense two years ago, not true at all
blue42 we still getting manhandled at the line of scrimmage, lb's hitting the wrong gap, no backside containment on alabama's counters. It looks like the same defense to me, no improvement against the SEC speed. What makes it so bad is the Big Ten is recruiting speed and now the SEC is recruiting Big and speed so we are still behind the eightball.
LB's over pursuing or not even there..............They need GAP integrity
If nothing changes MSU and Bell are going to run all over this team. These guys need to really step the run defense up! C'mon guys!
Are you equating Alabama's offensive line =/= Sparty's offensive line?
These are as distant from each other as common sense and Columbus.
I would like to believe it is all because Alabama is so good, but blocking does not cause one hundred billion broken arm tackles.
They weren't losing 49-7 to the same team a year and a half ago. Get a grip.
Dee Hart sighting.
Again, wasn't he supposed to be transfering to us?
All your gimpy kneed Alabama running backs are belong to us.
Taking on 2 blockers and no LB to clean up
Is it jut me, or do you think Sabans playing Hart just to piss us off?
Look like a peewee football mismatch.
Avery is getting toasted.
Need a TD here Michigan
I want my mommy
listen to some Josh Groban.
Come on boys! Dammit this isn't over! Punch these bastards in the mouth!
We fucking beat ourselves in the first half. Our D is good, but our offense is confused.
Dude. Don't bash players. It makes you look like a tool.
Agreed. We are playing a great team and Michigan is playing with heart. We will have a good season.
34-21 would be getting somewhere...Floyd Mayweather would be going batshit crazy on that, also.
assuming that Mayweather isnt batshit crazy all the time
He's going to have to fight Pacquiao based on his betting choices, if anything
Listen to me they arent even paying attention to you ....RUN THE BALL
He's got some moxie.
im sure he will say Denard has the option to keep it on every one of those plays and Denard decided it was best to hand off
Ima say this 1 more time then ima shut up ...Everytime you run that play and hand off you have 1 defender to beat on the outside and u are all alone .....
Those aren't reads dude. It's a designed run for the rb, that's the play.
The read is the EXACT same play if you notice you have an advantage you pull it out and d run .Denard isnt being Denar
Bouncing balls off of opponents' corners' hands.
They been talking Rawls all summer and Devin Smith is getting all the carries. New math equation: Back foot = interception.
that is not a new equation.
A couple things: Gallon is a man. Roundtree doesn't seem to have an identity on this team. Stop handing off on the zone read. Seriously, just stop.
our oline has not shown anything in thecrun game but we are showing the ability to pass pro
I think their mostly 5 star defense has something to do with this
(not that stars mean anything, not anything at all...)
Say it but move Roundtree to a slot and put Darboh on the edge, Roy just cannot extend the field.
Elliot Mealer at center. Barnum is at LG.
I feel like that's the first time I've seen him all night.
That's just ridiculous
It, these refs are horrible
The guy ran up they couldnt stop and miraculously get out the fuckin way you cunt referee
Seriously? Fuck these refs.
I know it's not the reason we're losing, but these refs are missing some big shit.
Kind of a lame call but whatevs.
our d has held bama to 3/9 on 3rd downs
We need a turnover.
a defensive TD to get this going.
I literally threw my remote through my tv. Fuck. Fuck this shit. Fuck bama. Fuck the SEC. Fuck Saban. This game was paid off.
They are to small ... and dont react fast enough
have been getting abused all night.
of course its a flag
Let me say...fuck these officials and fuck Kirk Herbstreit