Inexperienced is the word he's looking for. When 3/5 of your OL is new that's not great.
Quick look at statistics and implications
Every team in the country is younger than they'd like to be somewhere. One of my only rays of hope is this staff's oft repeated line "the expectation is for the position" and Hoke's repeated criticism of the offensive line these past two years. It takes some balls to fire a guy on your staff, but I think Hoke has them.
Who on the OL is playing beneath expectations? Lewan is Lewan but hurt, Schofield is playing about as well as last year, Kalis is alternating crush-kill-destroy-blocks with oops-my-bad-freshman-derps. Glasgow appears to be doing what the coaches tell him and occasionally leveling a linebacker. Miller is underweight; neither he nor Glasgow were heavily hyped, so we're getting what we should have expected from them (perhaps even a little more from Glasgow).
Borges seems to be adjusting where possible (and someone put a bug in Fitz' ear about following his blocks). Our biggest issue is that the one guy we need to be awesome is giving the ball away at an unprecedented rate. Some part of that is coaching, but most of it is on Gardner.
We will live with Gardner and die with him this year. Better opponents will require him to step up, or they'll make us step off.
Really all of them should be better. Lewan hasn't improved much in the last two years. Schofield was getting beat in pass pro and does not seem to have improved either. Miller constistently stands straight up after the snap lets tackles get underneath him and drive him into the backfield. Glasgow's footwork isn't good enough. Kalis should be more consistent at this point.
but any hack should be able to pass block on the interior of the OL. but they get constantly burned, especially with any kind of blitz up the middle. that's coaching.
Yes, the outside is experienced, but the interior positions have 4 starts apiece. Clearly this group needs more experience and they need to gel as a group. Not sure they'll figure it out this year.
They had a bunch of who dat noobs on OL. By the time we rolled into East Lansing they had become an effective line.
To me that is the measuring stick - if we can't getvthese guys coached up by October, then we have a coaching problem.
As for DG and Denard the turnover boys ... other teams have QB coaches ... even defensively focused Lloyd Carr teams.
I believe those were all d-linemen (or at least caused by d-line penetration), so I am not sure where your getting that they didn't get pressure tonight. They did a better job beating blocks one on one in this game.
Inexperienced on the interior. That better?
agree. To me the season comes down to Devin not turning the ball over and moving it like he did against CMU and ND. I believe that once Jake Ryan comes back, our D will be great if our DL plays at the level they did today.
That was one of the worst teams in college football. If you missed them saying it during the broadcast here is a link with their team stats http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/41/connecticut-huskies We do not know anything about how well Michigan will perform throughout this year after the first four games. For the drinkers I suppose that means more drinking. For the pot heads more pot. For the rest of us I guess we'll just experience all of it, unyielding.
I say more pot more drinking. this team sucks
Is killing us the most, Glasgow and Kalis are having to take a beating from fans because of it. Just based on what I'm seeing. Not sure if there is an answer but I think they are trying to ride them out so they can become familiar with each other. #53 might be great on UConn but he made jack block air sometimes and it killed us.
I hate to rag on the guy, but I really don't think he's the answer at center. I don't know exactly who is, but we've got to fix that position if we want to have a functional tailback-based running game. Toussaint is having to dodge DTs as soon as he gets the ball and it seems like it's affecting his confidence as a runner at times - he's stopping and starting all the time, even when it seems like there's an alley for him to pick up 4-5 yards.
Fortunately we have a bye week to try something out.
What ever happened to the possibility of Burzynski being the starting center? I could have sworn he was the starter going into the spring game
Getting blown back 10 times is way better than putting the ball on the turf in my estimation. He'll get stronger, but I think you guys are missing on the importance of Devin getting the ball where he wants it.
This is so true, sorry but he has been absolutely terrible, the last 2 games. I'll admit I did not watch the center spot closely against ND but I have the last games and the coaches have to replace Miller or do some extreme coaching through the bye week. I am actually beside myself after what the coaches had to have seen last week, that he was in there to start tonight. Miller cannot get any movement, cannot even get a stalemate with any nose they put on him - he is blown back off the LOS on every play, looks like he has never executed a successful cut in his life, often puts his head down and completely whiffs on the defender, I'm sorry but he is terrible right now, they have to have a better option there. I know you want that chemistry and cohesiveness with your line but, Miller has not shown that he can do the job he needs to.
I hope if they fix it one way or another -
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I'm not even really angry like I was last week. I've just accepted that this team was waaay overhyped and are just not that good. I'm just so confused regarding the way the coaches were talking them up and loving fall camp. It makes no sense. I will be upset if the same Oline is starting in 2 weeks. I don't care what's goin on in practice and who's having the best week. There's got to be more of a gamer in the reserve group than what we've gotten so far. To give up that many sacks against a D that had no sacks in 3 games against poor competition is truly embarrassing.
You expect the coaches to say they suck?
It makes sense if you look at the first two games. We looked like I expected us to look. DG played good the last few games of 2012. I expected him to build on that. Which, after two games, it looked like he had.
Along comes Akron. I'm thinking....ok, lets show the little guys how to play man ball. Run it down their throats. NOPE.
All the sudden Michigan, it awesome offensive line recruiting (I realize most of them haven't seen the field, but c'mon) can't put a body on a body and get a push. Not even 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Fitz is always shuffling left or right down the line. Every play. There's no hole to run through.
So now...NOW...teams figure out WE CAN'T RUN THE BALL. Lets make the quarterback beat us with his arm. In the process figure out if we put a little pressure on him the recipe for disaster all works even better. He always turns his back and runs with the ball in one hand out to the side.....starts to force passes.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I get the sense the whole team is in a tailspin. Hoke looks scared. Our oline coach should be scared. Everyone just thinks jake Ryan is going to come in and play superman after tearing his acl. I wouldn't hang your hat on that.
I'm not sure what the answer is but I think it might involve Chris Bryant. We may need to start over with game planning. We are going NOWHERE. Very frustrating to watch.
Hoke looks scared
Scared? Like "I'm going to tuck into the fetal position and suck on my binky" scared? He looked the same on UConn's sideline to me as any previous game, and that's what I like about the guy. Not sure how you came to this conclusion based on a television broadcast.
One tipped ball. Behind the WR a little bit? Sure, but not due to lack of ball security.
Jump ball for Chesson. Great play by defender, young WR didn't take that ball. One-on-one coverage, you're OK to throw that ball. TO not due to lack of security.
Kerridge stips the ball from Gardner. Not great ball security by Devin, but to be fair, he cannot expect that his fullback has been running stip drills with the DBs.
Punt miscue, not due to Gardner lack of security
He got weirded out, and that's not great. But they came back and won on the road. Yes terrible team, but they came back after a nightmarish set of plays.
Too high, too short, hold on to the ball in traffic. Only one was really a ball security issue, the other two were accuracy issues. I'm not sure that's any better.
You're wallowing in drama.
Look at all of the games today - no QB makes every throw perfect. And when they miss and a ball is tipped, most of the time it doesn't fall into a DBs arms.
The throw to Chesson was a little short, but it should have been caught. Part of that is a great defensive play, part of that is a young receiver not taking what he wants.
Sure, hold the ball in traffic. But if Kerridge doesn't actively knock it out, there is no fumble.
"All we have to do is catch the football and the world is ours."
Well they may be partially correct
But I'm not sure what that has to do with my post. I'm not talking about dropped balls. I'm talking about one inaccurate through that 95% of the time harmlessly falls to the ground. And jump ball thrown a bit short that was partly a great defensive play, and partly a lack of aggression on the part of the receiver.
It wasn't just those throws, though. He was inaccurate the whole game, and eventually that will catch up with you.I couldn't see the BTN games, so I can't comment on those, but he was significantly more accurate against Notre Dame. I suspect Spielman is right and the turnovers are weighing on him and he's playing right. Maybe the shots he's taking are having an effect - he certainly seemed a little bit beat up at the end of this game. Maybe it was just playing on the road. The important question is which DG are we going to get moving forward.
So you're just assuming his mistakes will wash out to simply blown plays in the future. It's similair in that we've watched something for four weeks now and are still just writing it off as an anomaly. Really there's nothing we've seen thus far to suggest that his poor decision making and execution will become suddenly harmless in the future.
He was fantastic in two games (with one horrible mistake), he's made some terrible decisions and plays in two others (along with some really good plays).
I don't think they're all going away, I didn't argue that. 4 TO's tonight were not all due to lack of ball security on Devin's part. That was the point.
But hey boy, don't let me interrupt your wallow. I see it a little differently, but that's what makes us all special.
I think we have problems, I see them as possibly fixable.
Drinking the Kool-Aid a bit too much dog? Calling out someone as wallowing in depair while totally ignoring the facts is....well, rediculous. This team is not very good. All the points raised are legit and Devin is NOT that good. Face it, We can want him to be the QB we want and need all day long, but the fact is he's not. He's shown it and shown it...and against inferior talent.
For the most part, ND got the better of both of our O-Line & D-Line. Yet besides the end-zone pick six, Devin made quick, accurate throws or scrambled to keep plays alive. I think very few QBs would have had success against that pressure.
Last week, Devin's giveaways turned what otherwise would have been a couple touchdown win into a nail-biter. This week, he was just plain ineffective.
It's hard to reconcile. He can play very well (ND, South Carolina) and make us competitive against top teams. Or he can play badly, and given our meek O-Line performances to date, when Devin's not on, we're in trouble.
The Good Devin has to reappear.
Ohio State doesn't score a lot of points, right?
The Minn. game will be interesting just to see who gets the start along the OL.
I want JMFR back in the worst way but I hope he doesn't come back too soon.
Devin is a turnover machine and if he hasn't learned from the end of last year and the start of this one....I don't know.
This season is going to be a grind but I think they will improve each game and I think they will be ok.
better shore up because Minnesota has a good DT in Ra'Shede Hageman. If he gets off low, he's hard to block. He was named as one of the freak athlete in the country, landing him at #2 according to CBS website. If Michigan continues to have issues at interior OL, it'd be a long day for running in between the tackles
any opponent, but Minnesota did not look at all good today to me. If Nelson doesn't get back at QB they are a 95% run team. I am sure Mattison can game plan pretty well for a one-dimensional team.
No problem with the post but...who the hell knows what this team is capable of. 7-5? 9-3? i wish I could know or at least make a prediction but at this point I'm worried about Michigan coming to Iowa City. I'm not sure how Jake Ryan alone is going to make the defense "good", though the defense isn't the bad part of the team right now. DG is bi-polar. It'd be nice for him to get over his issues the next two weeks before conference play but I'm not holding my breath.
We won. Defense was good. Hooray! Lalalalalala
you might get a bit of perspective if you tune in to ESPN2 right now for the BYU-Utah game. I know I did (after posting about 5-6 angry postgame posts). There is a kid who is laying motionless on the field and replays showed his head/neck being driven into the turf. I'm watching it now and I'm suddenly less concerned with the performance of Michigan.
Few minutes late, play has resumed. What happened to the injured player?? HATE hearing/seeing this stuff.
He started moving before the training staff came out. They're taking him to the hospital as a precaution.
BYU Utah ? What a benchmark
post went completely over your head. He was saying an injury like that makes you realize football is just a game and there are more important things in life, in case you can't figure it out.
I understand being pissed about the TOs, but there is a great deal of ignorance being displayed in this forum tonight (not directed at the OP). Yes, it's been emphasized by the coaches. No, it hasn't improved. So huge failure?
Q: What causes turnovers?
A: Mental and physical errors of every kind.
TOs are simply how mistakes in football often show up in the box score. Preventing turnovers is about improving in every possible aspect of the game. If you are pissed specifically because "the turnover problem" didn't get fixed yet, you're not thinking about it correctly.
And you are right about why I'm mad about the turnovers... I don't know of a better way to put it, but I'm going to compare this season to 2011 and the early turnover troubles we had there. It was very frustrating, but by the end of the season, it had been solved.
Passed less and ran more. (And Borges figure this out. )
Thank God for the defense bailing us out tonight; adding Jake Ryan to the mix sometime soon will make a good thing even better. If anything, we almost need this defense to be depended upon for not only a few more turnovers, but directly for more than just an occasional TD.
The offense? Not MSU bad, in that we at least have the potential to be potent if we can stem the all-too-frequent mistakes of all kinds. But still so bad that eventually, if major corrections are not made, the offense will cost a at least a win or two, no matter how well the defense does their job. Offensive line arrrrrgggghhhhhhh!!!! Might need multiple changes, which in itself, is a dangerous thing to do 1/3 of the way into the season. Arrrrrgggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
Special teams, too, are a mess. Dileo's great punt return to the UConn 10 was wiped out by the most bone-headed of mistakes. Only cure is to sit the offender for a good long time and make him work his tail off to get back in there on ST. It would be a huge mistake to see him back in there any time soon. Too many other ST problems to mention right now, but some good things occasionally happening too----in particular that 1st-half open-field tackle by Joe Kerridge.
I'm glad both the offense and defense picked it up in the 4th quarter, but I got the sense that Michigan was able to wear down the UConn players. That's good and bad: good because it gave us the win; bad because we had to depend on depth and conditioning to finally get an advantage against what should be by far the worst team we will play the rest of the season.
Oh, and btw. That ND team that we were so proud of defeating? They suck.
They might suck but they're certainly a lot better than Akron and UConn. It still makes no sense that our best offensive performance came against the best defense we've played that had two all Americans on the line. That tells me this is all mental. Millers size mismatch should have been worse in that game but the interior held up relatively well. I'm in danger of rambling because I really just have no idea what the F is going on.
The defense played quite well. We must win the turnover battles moving forward.
The only positive I can take out of the last two games is that we won and Turnovers can be fixed.
I love Denard, but they did NOT get fixed over his career here
Gardner is a more gifted passer, though. I do think he can cut down on the interceptions as he gains experience - although part of the blame goes to the WR corps, too. The long INT tonight was not really Gardner's fault. It was a little underthrown, yes, but Junior Hemingway would have outfought the DB for that ball.
Really? Really? I love how people say Devin is a more gifted passer. What do you base this on? Performance? Look at his stat line.
This "Devin is a more gifted passer" meme needs to stop. Yeah he played well against ND, but Denard had good passing games against teams that are not much different than this years ND squad. Devin forces the ball just as much, if not more.
Do not confuse passing ability with decision-making and composure. He has the ability to make every throw in the game. The question is whether he can keep his composure and not let his mechanics go sloppy. He did so (for all but one play) against ND. He was standing tall, surveying the field and zipping it in to his receivers in time. Those were things that were tough for Denard. For one thing, he wasn't very tall so he couldn't see over the line as well, but he also really struggled to throw with touch and to lead his receivers with the ball. Denard's good passing games generally involved him throwing jump balls to Junior Hemingway and Roy Roundtree and counting on them to make a play. (That's not necessarily a bad strategy, but it doesn't tell us a lot about a QB's passing ability.) If we still had those two guys this year, Gardner's stats would be better. Hemingway would not have let the UConn DB beat him to the ball like Chesson did.
Gardner didn't show a lot of what he can do yesterday, but if he could against ND when he was our entire offense, he can do it again. The other question is whether the WR corps can step up and make plays on the ball.
Denard, probably because of his height, was not a good passer with pressure in his face. But he could make throws with time. Devin has shown an ability to stand tough in the pocket - including against ND. That tipped ball in the middle though went high because he stepped back from pressure as he threw, I think. Or didn't take a full step, I cant remember. But at other points last night he stood tough.
U do realize he has the most turnovers in the nation since he has started at qb right?
Well, to be absolutely fair, there are two other QBs (Connor Halliday at Washington State is one of them, I think), that also have 8 INTs, but that aside, Gardner's passer rating (131.1, if I did it right) puts him somewhere in the middle of qualified QBs. In other words, not the best performance by any means, but certainly not the worst.
Inexperienced or not, they're terrible.
Any given year, you should be able to put two redshirt freshman on the line and get 3 yards up the middle on 80 percent of your carries.
We get negative yards to one yard up the middle on 95 percent of carries.
Inexperience doesn't cover that. There's something wrong.
Scheme. A lot of our negative plays are stretch plays and delayed hand- offs.
"Inexperience doesn't cover that. There's something wrong."
And you know this how?
against Akron and UCONN would indicate that the o-line has other problems besides experience. The play the last two weeks on the o-line can not be excused just as a product of lack of experience, when your facing what is supposed to be inferior competition.
Ultimately at the start of the season, most of the 'experts' were calling us an 8 or 9 win team this year due to our youth and right now the fanbase is being reminded of that. The play where Chesson failed to dominate the tiny little sub 6' corner covering him his a prime example of that youth. Senior Chesson will likely just reach over the guy, grab the ball and proceed to burn down the field for another 10 yards. Freshman Chesson doesn't jump properly and it results in an Int.
That said that throw made my happy, Chesson mistake aside, because it was one of many times that Gardner did throw to someone not named Gallon. Gardner was out of sync with a lot of those people but that can be fixed.
The second half went well and in the 4th we really did start to establish something. Fitz was running hard and the defense finally got pumped up thanks to the Morgan pick. Hopefully that will carry into the bye week and give the coaches a little something positive to work with before showing the 6 hour long clip of things that need to be corrected. I'm really hoping with 2 weeks off we can get the offensive line settled into at least mediocrity and Devin calmed down and out of the "I need to win it all by myself mode."
Ok, so here's the thing. DGs first turnover was off a tipped pass the receiver got his hands on. I don't see that as even 50-50 Devin's fault.
The fumble for TD was actually punched out from behind by Kerridge. Again, not his fault (who expects your own teammate to do that?).
The long pass INT was also not his fault. A receiver with 5-6 inches on a DB should be able to jump up and grab that one. Even Spielman called that one right.
The punt return fiasco is all on the Special Teams unit. You need to CLEAR OUT when a punt is hitting inside the 10-15. Seriously. If the ball bounces even slightly different then it doesn't hit Jones' ankle. Michigan ball.
I hated every TO, but there's no way they were all DGs fault.
Two were freak accident plays and two were receivers not making the play even though they got hands on the ball.
That first pick was high, into traffic, and without his feet set. Yes the receiver got his hands in it and you can make the argument he should've caught it, but that doesn't completely get Devin off the hook when the ball should've been low. Of course, the O line bear some of that burden too since they were the reason Devin threw high and didn't set his feet.
Disagree on the fumble. He's heading into contact and needs to protect the ball. As for the last pick...ok
had the ball tucked under his arm on the fumble. Your own FB doing that is just something that you don't expect, so I personally wouldn't put alot of the blame on him for that play.
In my mind, ball security is always on the runner, and things are going to happen in a pile - if need be you put two hands in it to mitigate that.
Into a pile like that on third and short u have to have both hands in the ball not just one tucked in ur elbow. Both hands on the ball and that fumble never happens
Magnusson knocked the ball out on the fumble return not kerridge
is not playing up to expectations is because he has really been frazzled by opposing defenses, which, in very large part, falls on the o-line. I mean, the o-line has more holes than Swiss cheese. You look back at ND, Akron, and UConn, and you see Gardner constantly on the run; the pocket does not implode, there simply is no pocket. All-consensus the-opposite-of-good teams like Akron and UConn are making the Michigan o-line look like high school JV and, consequently, Gardner has been spending a lot of time eating turf. I am not really sure what exactly the issues are with the o-line. Is is simply a matter of inexperience? Is the o-line too slow? Too weak? How is it possible that Akron's D-line which, on average, weighs 50-60 lbs. less is shredding our o-line? I feel that, perhaps, if Gardner had a better line, that gave him more time, he would not force some of those throws on the run. I am not sure how the o-line woes can be remedied, if at all. Can someone replace Miller at center?
The problems are obvious. Luckily the defense can keep us in games against stronger opponents. After DG's fumble, we'd given up seven turnovers over roughly a game and a half. That's attrocious. It's also fixable, though. The O-line will get better (though we still need mroe talented players on the interior), but the turnovers have to disappear or we'll lose to inferior opponents.
Can someone explain to me why on the last play the DB's are so close to the line of scrimmage when it is 4th and about 20 and a few minutes left in the game.
Taylor got beat, luckily qb wasnt looking that way
Countess, if he was back maybe one more step he would have completely negated that throw.
I know we contained them but I am confused why having the DBs backing up a little more wouldnt be more containing
Statistics are for losers
Amen! This is just not a good team. I thought 9-3 before the season. that will be a stretch. No amount of analysis or wishful thinking will turn this into a good team
If we're going to have a numbers-based discussion, then I suppose that is different enough in its focus that we'll let this one stand for that purpose. In any case, Some of Michigan's averages after 4 games:
Points For: 29.8 (5th in Big Ten)
Points Against: 19.8 (4th in Big Ten)
Total Offense: 383.1 yards / game (8th in Big Ten)
Total Defense: 320 yards / game (2nd in Big Ten)
Rushing Offense: 183.8 yards / game (5th in Big Ten)
Rushing Defense: 150.5 yards / game (6th in Big Ten)
Passing Offense: 199.3 yards / game (6th in Big Ten)
Passing Defense: 169.5 yards / game (2nd in Big Ten)
More will be in the coming review diary which will close out the non-conference season.
3/5 of the offensive line was making their first starts on the road at night in a pretty loud stadium (at least that's how it appeared). Dg struggled, but there were just some weird things that happened that game. Bottom line is that it's a win and they came back from 14 down on the road after some really bad play. I think that's more positive than anything. The team isn't as good as people would like, but it's valuable experience and winning is better than losing. Plus, clearly dg will be coming back for his senior year at this rate instead of going to the nfl.
Our team did not give up. Down 14 on the road and coming back to win was great no matter who we were playing. Yeah, I am avoiding the fact that we should not have been down 14 to begin with.
I hate to break it to you, but if we lose two conference games, we will not be going to Indy. No fing way!!
And this whole notion of "the coaches need to come down harder on the oline" is bs. Yeah, so let's destroy these young men's confidence because they haven't been consistent in big time major collegiate football. Yep, that should make it better. That will do the trick.
So many people who post on here are rabid control freaks. Yeah, I have vented before and did last night. But I don't pretend to have solutions, like said OP or some of the comments below. You don't know anything about what's going on with the team. Maybe the captains and seniors are terrible leaders. Maybe the youth is rearing it's ugly head and we didn't expect it to be this glaring of a problem. We probably are still a year or so away. Devin clearly needs that 5th year. He is struggling being 110% the "man". Those are realistic, not ranting about "ehT the coaches should do is x,y,z, bs.
It was a terrible game for Michigan but I loved it. I got to watch the game with my mother in law who is a rabid UM fan. She is freaking out. I'm completely relaxed. Even on the horrible fumble returned for TD I'm assuring her, no guaranteeing her Michigan has this game in the bag. I reminded her of the UM Minnesota game when Navarre reverted to his true self for 3 quarters before realizing he was playing Minnesota. I knew that UCONN was truly an awful program. They barely moved the ball the entire game and it was just a matter of time before that keystone cop QB made a major mistake. Unlike Michigan, one mistake and they were done. Perhaps my calm was fake but it was great to turn to my MIL and say I told you so with a grin on my face.
To the game there are some problems. But be aware that despite Akron and UCONN being crummy teams, both have first rate coaching staffs. This is their big game. They are good enough to game plan and scheme to get that big win. Both staffs were undone by the failures of their teams despite doing as well as possible at RPS. I'm still bothered that UM can't run at will against lesser teams or generate a consistent pass rush with 4.
That all said UM can not be a very good team and until OSU does it matter? Who in their division do we fear? UM may be bend but not break but Nebraska and NW are not existent. MSU made the ND defense that gave up 41 to us look like the Ravens. All UM has to do is cut the turnovers down a little bit and they will be fine. This is not your fathers Big10 but your Grandfathers. All hail the return of the Big2 and the little 12. Outside of UM & OSU, it is a complete trainwreck.
My prediction is the defense will be bend but not break. Give up some yards, give up some points. As long as Gardner gives up only one crazy horrible TO, he will always be able to get his 80-110 yards on ten carries. The dredges of the Big10 coaching staff will not be able to come up with a special game plan. We might lose one game going into OSU where everything lines up for one team. But never fear. Most of these teams are going to lay down for us. When your a goldfish in a fish bowl and your competition is snails, you win.
The fact is that in both the Akron and the Connecticut games, elimination of turnovers would have guaranteed comfortable but not impressive victories. Sure other issues remain, such as better QB passing accuracy (last night: 11 of 23 for a net 97 yards --- that won't cut it in EL or Evanston) and continued OL improvement. But last night for what I believe was the first time this season, Devin wasn't the leading rusher. Fitz ran for 120 net yards (5.0 avg) and 2 TDs. The D gave up 47 net rushing yards. Granted UConn only had 25 attempts, and granted M's 4 sacks took 31 rushing yards away, but that 's still only 1.9 yards per. These are all stats M can build on, and they have an extra week to do so. Look for a better all-around, sustained effort on October 5 against MN..
Not going to happen. I'm hoping for 8-4 and bracing for 7-5. This team will need to take a giant leap forward just to win 4 more games. Akron and UConn aren't B1G caliber teams. What happens when we show up at Penn St and the TO's aren't fixed? And it doesn't get any easier from there, except maybe for Indiana. Once November shows up this team is going to face much tougher competition and if they can barely handle college football's worst teams, man look out when they start facing some good ones.
I'm officially in panic mode!