Who's up for a friendly debate about religion?
chance of bowl: 13.6%
Who's up for a friendly debate about religion?
The Blue Team, of course!!
Actually, it was a great idea.
Damn, it was even for a while, but the negs have pulled ahead.
1. There was 0 expectation that we were actually going to win this game.
2. It was at the beginning of the season. By October/November, in the thick of the B1G race, it will be forgotten.
If we had won, the reward would have been huge. But there is little risk in losing this game. The right decision was made, even though we were thoroughly destroyed.
Little risk? Being embarassed on a national stage when youre trying to build a program is not "little risk."
So do what then, sit at home and play no one? Move down to the MAC?
Honestly the focus of this game for the next week is going to be: Alabama is still Alabama. Not Michigan is terrible. And then in a few weeks when Michigan starts playing conference foes no one is going to think about it.
I would have rather played a MAC team and not have taken a beating on NTV, had my QB embarrassed, and my LT and Corner end up on crutches.
Yes, I would have preferred a "cupcake", but that is just my opinion.
This is the problem with Michigan fans. Man up, and take an ass-whooping because you aren't good enough. We shouldn't be playing gimme-games. Western Michigan is a win, but doesn't prove anything. Playing good teams and shooting for the national championship is all that matters. Big Ten championships are nice but I'd rather be in the national championship game.
It was scheduled to take place during year 5 of the Rich Rod experience.
Are we really going to be the type of fan base that loses a game and then blames the refs/over signing and even our own AD for scheduling a tough opponent?? They were better, we lost. It happens.
Tell that to Countess and Lewan.
Honestly I was a bit shocked at how Alabama just manhandled the entire team. Michigan may be a decent team again, but we're nowhere near a top 10 team. Not even close.
Eh....I think we're a Top Ten team. Look at the rest of the Top Ten, outside of LSU, USC, and maybe Oklahoma, there's not a single team I don't think we can't beat.
With the exception of losing your starting corner, possibly your best offensive lineman, not to mention your star qb is quite banged up too. Other than that.......no risk at all!
All three of those could have occurred at practice or playing Ann Arbor Huron.
didn't Lewan and Countess get injured every day in practice so far ??? /s
Sorry OMG, but absolutely no logic to your post.
Did I imagine Kaleb Ringer and Chris Bryant's season ending injuries?
Injuries happen. None of the injuries that occurred today were because we played Alabama rather than Western Michigan.
Did you know that Toussaint missed the Notre Dame game last year with an injury? We didn't play Alabama the week before the Notre Dame game. We played Western Michigan. Injuries suck. Shit happens.
Injuries are flukes. Playing a different team is not going to increase the risk of a player getting injured.
The decision to schedule this game was great, but there is absolutely risk involved. Losing like this in primetime affects recruiting in a variety of ways.
If you want to be the best you need to play the best to see where you are as a team/program. Obviously we are 2 years or so away from being on Alabama's level.
We're more than 2 years away from being on 'bamas level. They dominated us top to bottom.
So now we know how good we are. We got destroyed and now it is over. Good competition every year only benefits us because we can measure ourselves against the best. Do we want to be the best in the league, or the best in the nation? I'm sure we all want the latter. I applaud the Athletic Department for this schedule. Although I am disappointed, I have hope that the future will bring us completely back into the national picture. Go Blue!
should be shot... That is all
If RR was still here we would've scored at least 40 (and given up 80).
no depth with skill/experience which Bama had in spades.
PS. Wish you were here Dee! Good luck watching TJ from the bench for several years!
And Denard would be out for the season.
Alabama is a great team. Give them credit. Still think UM has great things ahead. In the words of Rick Flair "if want to be the man, you got to beat the man.". We're not going to beat them if we don't schedule them.
Craig Roh, Senior 4 year starter didn't make one tackle.
and invisible. No presence, no physicality and the Linebackers weren't any better.
LBs were really bad. Mattison may want to answer that text from Levenberry...
If you play 4 cupcakes to start the season and run the table in the Big ten, you're in the title game most likely. That's how the SEC does it. I see no advantage to scheduling teams like this.
Are you calling UM a cupcake?
They played like one tonight.
It's 2012. Do you really think that the Pac-12's leaders' goal is the Rose Bowl? Conference titles? Hell no! For Oregon and USC, it is NC game or bust. It is not 1980 anymore-we want NATIONAL championships, not just Big Ten championships. If this program wants to gain national respect, we will aim for the national goals. I truly do hope that we stop these "old" Rose Bowl goals and aim for the stuff that really matters.
GO PLAY TENNIS OR SOCCER!!
tell me how great Rawls is I'm going to scream.
We lost our All-Big Ten caliber CB probably for the year, and our All-American LT candidate and high NFL draft pick is probably hurt and will at best be hobbled most of the year. Not to mention DR took his Rich Rodriguez offense lumps and he clearly is no better of a passer than he ever has been.
Al Borges is still as stubborn and stupid with play calling as ever, yes give me 2nd and long Denard under center all year long plzzz morz.
I blame the Orca's.
No, no, no. Clearly the Llamas are to blame.
ever been cloven-hoove-stomped?
I don't know why we don't just drop to the FCS. We'd dominate. Then we'd all be happy as pigs in shit.
well, based on how the B10 looked, i'd say we're about there.
I'd rather get blown out and learn something about the team than to play against a team that we're favored by 50+ and think we're unbeatable. Everyone on that team right now is pissed, but they're better for it. USC isn't better for railing Hawaii. OKSt isn't better for pwning Savannah St. We may have gotten our asses kicked but we are still undefeated in the B1G and know what we have to improve on.
Well said sir!
And started to focus on the B10 which we won most years (Damn you Hayden Fry!).
This sucks but I think we learned a lot and faced a better D and (probably) better O than we will all year until a bowl game. Hopefully the injuries are not significant --Why play your starter from a depth-weak position on special teams! -- and we are humbled and build from here.
I think the MSU. OSU, and UNL O lines are cake compared to what we faced tonight.
As long as we beat Sparty and Ohio and go 9-3 this year I am happy.
PS - Bubble Screens!!! + Why U no run Denard?
You know, the options for a season opener aren't limited to either the defending national champion or a cupcake.
The team DID NOT perform.
Nor did the coaches; horrible O-gameplan; terrible D-execution.
I Hoke for better in the games to come.