The University of Michigan football team currently has 898 wins. This Saturday they attempt win for the 899th time against a fine conference opponent, the Fightin Illini of Illinois. Any thoughts about the game this week?
Playing for win #899 against Illinois
Illinois is terrible. We should win, that's my thoughts.
No team should be overlooked, however.
Opening Line: Michigan -21.
And when, not if but when, we win and beat MSU, we will have won our 900th game and it will have come against MSU. Boom. Raback'd.
I assume that this thread is in jest, but I will bite. My thoughts:
1. I know that they are not good at the whole football thing in Illinois, but I would be encouraged to see fitz go off for 150+. He needs to start to build some momentum. If he still struggles against this team, hoke needs to start getting rawls, hayes or Norfleet (!!!) some reps in preparation for MSU. We need rb production since msu tends to stifle denard's running.
2. Denard - hoping for another game where he works on the short stuff so that he can build some positive momentum going into msu. I would like to see another consistent game from him.
3. Funchess - I would like to see him get more involved in the offense (this is not on him) as we may need him as a real threat to open up the field for Denard.
4. Defense - more of the same.
Also, this post was meant to keep focus where it should be, on the current week's football contest. All of the looking ahead is likely to give illinoisloyalty and other Illinois football blogs, provided they have yet to lose interest, bulletin board material which could be used in some fashion to create an effect of sorts resulting in the outcome of the UM - Illinois game being nearly indirectly impacted.
I would like to see Fitz get going, the Devins create obvious mismatches, and the D-Line continue to improve.
Michigan will slop around for a quarter and a half then pull away for a 34-13ish win.
I would really like to see us win by more than 21
Illinois is last in the Big Ten in the following:
- Pass Efficiency Defense (105 completions against 170 attempts, 8.01 yards per attempt average)
- Punt Returns (11 punts, 23 yards)
- Rushing Offense (218 carries, 759 net yards)
- Scoring Defense (170 points allowed)
- Scoring Offense (averaging 21.17 points per game)
- Lost Turnovers (16 lost)
They are next to last in the following:
- Fumbles Lost (7 lost)
- Kickoff Returns (19 returns, 303 yards)
- Total Offense (414 plays for 2033 yards)
- Tackles For Loss (30 total tackles for 125 yards)
My thoughts on this game are that we can very likely manage this one. We should win by a comfortable margin.
I'd really like to see Rawls get the start.i think it's time to see what he brings to the table.
I respectfully disagree. Rawls runs well north-south. Many of the inverted veers we run (which make Denard so effective) require the RB to go east-west first. I'd rather have Fitz doing that than Rawls.
Rawls has seen garbage time (where he's looked decent) and some snaps in the Alabama game (where he did nothing). What makes anyone think he'll get the start? I mean, the staff is more comfortable running Smith up the middle than going with Rawls, yet parts of the board are obsessed with the dude for whatever reason.
From what I've heard of Rawls, he is like Tecmo Bowl Christian Okoye, only he breaks more tackles.
I usually played with the Raiders. The playbook only had 4 plays. Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson each had a single running play.
your numbers just prior to game time factoring in the relative humidity.
Thank you mister Spock.
Might be hard for the team to get motivated for this one otherwise
So what's the deal with these threads today?
I glanced at the first page of the board and got the joke. Well played sir.
This season has gone exactly like I predicted. Loss to Bama, ugly loss to ND that we should've won.
Now I have us running the table with @Nebraska being the only scare until the OSU game.
That puts us at 9-2 (#10-13 type team) going into the Ohio game.
It pains me, but preseason I had us losing. On the road, it's their bowl game, it's Meyer's first game vs. Michigan. AND we'll have a spot in the B1G Championship game already locked up.
I hope I'm wrong, but that puts us a 9-3. I had us beating Wisconsin, going to the Rose Bowl and winning to finish 11-3 with a B1G Championship and a Rose Bowl Championship (and likely top 10).
FWIW, I had us beating MSU by at least 2 touchdowns...and still do.
We're gonna crush them. Illinois got blown out by ASU and LaTech, so if we can't do the same, we probably don't deserve the Rose Bowl
Same subject matter different title! I think this is the 5th thread about 900th win? Followed up by more talk about Fitz! Why do they need Fitz when Denard rushes for 200+?
Remember what defenses-that-don't-suck do to a one-man Denard no matter hwo well he plays. See 2010. Now the B1G is admittedly light on DTDS but still...
I agree but with a spread option you give what the D gives you
I heard from a friend who is currently a student at Michigan that Dave Brandon was going to announce this week that the MSU-Michigan game will be a night game at the big house. i can see that he wants one night game a year. Does anyone know more about this or can anyone confirm/deny this?
DB is on the record as saying that night games against State or Ohio are off the table.
But it was supposed to be for "big games" IIRC. Which left exactly one choice. Will be interesting to see what they do for night games when that series ends.
I would rather the game not be a big game. Most people are going to watch the big games. But if it was a lesser team it would just add to the excitement of that game. They could have had a night game this upcoming week. It would make a game against Illinois a lot more interesting to me.
2013: ND is the only reasonable option
2014: PSU, Utah, App State (please no)
2015: Oregon State, Wisconsin, or TBA Opponent (Arkansas?)
2016: Northwestern or TBA. Please no Colorado at night.
Besides DB saying no State for a night game, pretty much all the Michigan beat writers have said that the MSU games isn't gonna be at night
We would know. Last year after UTL, Brandon pretty much ruled out any possibility of a night game against OSU or MSU. I don't think you can keep something like a night game a secret until 12 days away from kickoff either.
Honestly, we'll crush Illinois. We should be much more concerned about win #900 against MSU.
That's what I thought in 1999 when Michigan was in the top 10 and Illinois had a bunch of scrubs like Rocky Harvey.
Illinois is 2-4 and has scored 21 points in the last 2 weeks. They're not good. If we lose to Illinois I'll eat my hat.
get ahead of ourselves!
Unless Illinois has been hiding a 500-foot-tall robot in their roster, I think we win.
I am consulting google earth to see if such a thing could be concealed within their facilities.
I also know DB basically crushed all discussions of an MSU night game this year, but it is still a little odd that the time is still TBA less than 2 weeks away from the game....
Big recruiting weekend, big significant potential win #, our in state rival...Let's beat em at night.
Mighty Ducks D2 jersey stunt, nothing's out of the question.
Could you imagine a night game against Moo U... all those drunk inbreds from StAEE tearing A2 up?!?!?! No thanks!
TBD games are typically announced 2 Mondays prior to the game. There is a stipulation in the TV deal that once or maybe twice a season ESPN/ABC can invoke the 1 week clause, where they can wait until the monday prior to announce times to get the "best" game at 3:30.
One ggggaaammmmeeeee aaaattttt aaaaa tytiiimmmmmmeeeeee!
Thoughts about Illinois...
*I expected them to look bad this year but not THIS bad.
*Always think about Bo putting a beatdown on Mike White's cheating ass.
*Their fans still consider us a rival for some reason.
*With 3 of our first 5 games away, it's nice to finally play at home.
And now for a fact that will probably make people throw up....
*If I'm not mistaken, I believe the last time we played Illinois for our homecoming game was when Ricky Powers lost that fumble and...bad things followed.