I know all of the diehard Michigan fans like myself are still coping with the fact that we lost (again) to MSU, and a lot of you are reacting in total Schadenfreude fashion, blaming the coaches for everything and wondering how long our misery will last. I'm still optimistic about this season as long as we don't collapse in John L. Smith pre-Dantonio MSU fashion.
I think if we executed properly on Saturday with nothing at all changed in the gameplan, we win. A whole lot of us (including myself) have been begging for Gerg to employ more press coverage and man to man concepts as well as playing more aggressively. He did. And the defense gave the offense every opportunity to win the game in the early going.
While Spartan fans would love to think they owned Robinson and the run game, we made as many mistakes in the run game as we did in the pass game, they just weren't as eye gouging. Denard slipped or missed a cut on several plays that could have been moderate to game breaking. There were also several runs where the backs only needed to break an arm tackle or make one guy miss, and they didn't.
I think our defense (more so than other defenses) plays much better with momentum on their side. When the offense let great opportunities go to waste the whole team seemed deflated. I think Denard and many others on the offensive side of the ball played a little amped up and when that happens it can throw the precision off that is so desperately needed against a stout defense.
And it would be wrong for me to not say that MSU is much better than I ever thought they would be. They are a scary matchup for anyone right now and they beat us on plays when we had the play well covered schematically. Gerg can't fill a gap or keep contain, and Cousins made several perfect passes.
Iowa will give us plenty of opportunity to win on Saturday. Let's just hope this year's team isn't as affected by emotion as last year's. RR's job depends on it whether we like it or not.