I think a Big Ten++ team is more likely to err on the side of covering Denard and leaving the pitch man open.
SDSU: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
did I see an outside lateral to the trailing fullback in the 2nd half? I thought it was 1971 for a second.
So, let me get this straight. MIchigan gets a 28-7 victory over a team that knows their entire offensive playbook, and we're still worried about Borges' playcalling? My opinion is the same as it was three years ago; you have to trust the coaching staff to know what is going on and make the correct decisions.
I'm enjoying the fact that MIchigan is now 4-0, and will move up in the rankings another slot or two as teams ahead of them lose.
Does anyone even remember that some thought Michigan could easily lose this game? Or that they not only covered the spread, but doubled it? Congrats to Hoke, Mattison, and Borges on another excellent coaching job today.
Despite the fumble I'm loving me some Vincent Smith. On his touchdown run, should have been down at the three but managed to power his way into the end zone. Quickly becoming one of my favorite players.
at least 3 Denard over-throws, but I think M would have turned the corner on pass plays save for the drop, drop, drop problem (Koger, et alia). As the pass offense stalled, the predictability of the Denard run play began to draw diminishing returns in the 3rd quarter. I hope we can do something about the drop problem, including slippery fingers generating interceptions.
We all knew coming into this game that stopping ronnie hillman was the main focus for our defense. Selling out to slow down hillman opened up the passing game and they took advantage of it. The biggest reason we won this game was turnovers, I know it only counts as 3 but if you count the failed 4th down attempts they turned it over 6 times.
Offensive Playcalling 1st half. The coaches are learning. We suck with I formations and Denard under center. They didn 't break them out full time until the second half with a 3 TD lead.
Speed Option (!) Possibly the first ever Michigan speed option play gets taken to the house by Denard. They brought it out again and Denard pitched it for a first down. Correct reads both times.
Deffensive pressure on Lindley. From the preview, SDSU was supposed to have a pretty good offensive line. The D only got one sack, but alot of the bad throws were force by pressure on the QB.
Red Zone offense: Still perfect, fantastic fake handoff TD run by Denard and great run by Smith to seal the game
Denard passing. Regressed Mechanics, lack of experience in the pocket, new reads? All of the above? He did alright with the short routes and screens though.
Offensive Playcalling second half. Lloydball until SDSU scored the TD. I get that they want to work on the new stuff and probably didn't want to run up the score on their old team, but couldn't this have waited until the fourth quarter? This game was a fumble recovery away from being a one score game with tons of time left.
Hopkins. Rember when all our kick returners kept dropping the ball and inexplicably didn't lose their job? It seems like Hopkins is the new guy that can't hold onto the ball but inexplicably gets playing time.
Koger's hands. Tried to catch the ball with his chest twice today. Resulted in a dropped 1st down conversion and a deflection that was intercepted.
Field goal kicking. Still crap from beyond 25 yards until it proves otherwise.
Cam Gordon, Brandon Herron still no play? =(
I was surprised Cam didn't play more. I expected Ryan to get most of the snaps, but I thought Cam would be worked in some.
Denard wasn't great, but it's amazing how people don't mention the lack of help his receivers (Koger) aren't giving him much help when he has made some throws.
After fumbling today, I think Hopkins is done. For him to see the field on offense its going to have to be as a blocking fullback. Any carries will come in garbage time if the game is out of hand.
The missed field goal...AARRRRGGHHH!!!!
I'm erasing the 2nd half from memory and only remembering the 1st half. A win is a win and so its a great weekend to be a Wolverine.