Obviously, that sucked. As I was watching us lose another non-competitive game to MSU, there was an internal war going on in my head. My internal dialogue was probably not all that different than the fanbase generally. I have had time to reflect, and here are my thoughts:
Topic: Denard v. Tate
Angry Michgoblue: Denard is playing like shit. Why doesn't RR pull him already and give Tate a shot.
Rational Michgoblue: Because Denard is one of the best players in the country, is our best shot at winning and you don't pull a guy like that.
Verdict after calming down - Angry Michgoblue wins. You don't pull Denard lightly, but he was clearnly not playing well, and in his one stint this season, Tate looked awesome. Also, Tate knows a little something about comeback wins under pressure in rivalry games.
Topic: RR's playcalling
Angry Michgoblue: What the hell. If I see V. Smith run for 2 yards on 1st, putting more pressure on a struggling Denard, I am going to throw my remote through the TV. With all of the firepower we have, let's get creative for once and, you know, do something other than run for 2 yds on 1st.
Rational Michgoblue: Um, yeah, you sort of got me there. But, Smith did have some decent runs, and Denard isn't throwing well, so there weren't many better options.
Angry Michgoblue. Damn it, that TV was expensive.
Verdict after calming down : Angrymichgoblue wins - the play calling was uncreative, and on several third and shorts, MSU appeared to know what we were going to run.
Topic: Why not play Hopkins and Cox when Smith and Shaw are not looking great?
Angry Michgoblue: Smith runs for 2 yards more often than he runs for more than 4. This is killing drives. Shaw is not much better. Not criticizing Smith - still recovering from the ACL injury, but until he can be more effective, he should not be our feature back. When Hopkins was in, he looked solid, and we got one of those touchdown things on that drive. Why not ride him harder?
Rational Michgoblue: Because Smith doesn't fumble, and is a good blocker. Hopkins may have fumble issues, and is not as good of a blocker for Denard. Smith is the safer call.
Angry Michgoblue: But safe wasn't working, and Hopkins was.
Verdict after calming down : Angry Michgoblue wins. SMith was not effective. Time to give Hopkins more meaningful snaps. He looked good.
Topic: The defense
Angry Michgoblue: This bend don't break shit isn't working. Time to put more men on pass rush, even if it means leaving the CBs on their own. We will get burned more regularly on long ones, but if we get some pressure, it may throw off QBs, result in turnovers and it is better to die quickly than to bleed to death.
Rational Michgoblue: No. THe defense was actually marginally decent today. We will not be good with this talent level, but this was not a terrible performance considering. We got some key stops.
Angry Michgoblue: Yes, but those stops were when we got away from this 3 man front crap and brought pressure.
Verdict after calming down - Andgy Michgoblue again. The 3 man front needs to end now. Also, the talent level sucks, but GERG needs to find a way to get SOMETHING more out of them.
So there it is. I would be interested to see whether the community agrees with Angry Michgoblue or Rational Michgoblue?