|1 year 16 weeks ago||avoid lots m and L||
They don't allow tailgating or alcohol. I live in orlando and will be in lot 6. My fiance's family are all gators so help me represent in lot 6! My half of the truck will be decked out in michigsn gear!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||If MSU loses 2 games and we||
If MSU loses 2 games and we win out, Michigan wins the division. MSU plays @ Nebraska, @ Ohio State, and gets Penn State at home. They could definitely lose 2 of those 3. Michigan just needs to keep getting better every week, move on from this shitstorm, and let the anger & hate from this game fuel the fire.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I don't understand the||
I don't understand the comments about the pass rush. Even when we rushed 4 we were consistently pressuring the quarterback. The defensive line was consistently moving the offensive line backwards. Tackling in the backfeild, on the other hand, needs to be improved. We left 3 or 4 sacks in the pocket due to the QB mobility and poor breakdown for tackling. This defense will cause turnovers. We had 2 or 3 near picks (not including the end of the half int), a deflection at the line, and what looked like a forced fumble (may have hit the ground). I think as the defensive players become more comfortable in the defense and what they are being asked to do you will see more speed and more turnovers. Overall, a good performance on the road in a tough environment for week 1. Now that Taysom Hill is out for BYU we have 5 weeks essentially to shore up tackling and our offensive issues. Michigan State looks to loom large if we can continue to improve every weeks and find a consistent running game & hit a few deep balls along the way
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Michigan 41, Uconn 3||
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Amen||
Hats off to the kids who worked their tails off for several years to get to this point. It was an awesome, unexpected ride that didn't deserve to end like this. One team loses, one team wins, this is true. We lost by 6 points to a damn good basketball team. Just sucks that the "Patino to the HOF the same day he wins Nat'l title" is too good of a story line to allow anything else to happen. Even if calls were missed, obvious calls have that game letting the players on the floor decide who wins. That game had every right to be within 2 points at the finish, and someone on either side deserved to be able to make a play, make a shot, make a defensive stand to win the game.
|3 years 52 weeks ago||How good does it feel to be||
How good does it feel to be on the opposite end of this for once?
|3 years 52 weeks ago||Home alone?||
|4 years 3 days ago||Elite 8||
Kansas - 65
Michigan - 67
|4 years 2 weeks ago||New found defensive attitude leads the way||
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Couldn't make a new topic||
But espn seemed to update their "grades," and our class looks sick!
|5 years 5 weeks ago||http://mgovideo.com/burke-and||
B10 journey video of Burke/Sullinger. Definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it before!
|5 years 18 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Getting ready to place my Saturday bets. Im currently riding a cold streak. Any advise/suggestions?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||go back to the way we felt||
go back to the way we felt 365 days ago. It's awesome that we are even discussing this.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Relying||
Relying solely on denard to win in the non conference means death in the big ten. Maybe unleash him a bit more against ND, but I like what they are trying to do in the non conference. It makes him that much more potent w a developed offense where he can scramble, throw, and run play action from power formations when the box is loaded because they have to respect the RBs.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Make that top 15**
|5 years 31 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Looks like Hoke could get his first top 10 win in week 2.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Predictions in June||
The good thing about prediction in June is that they don't mean shit.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||TP Smarts||
Give the kid some credit....from signing day until his abrupt end at tsio, he finally figured out how to properly say the name
"In the best interests of my teammates, I've made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at *The Ohio State University*," Pryor said in a statement issued by James.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Henne||
Version 2.0?? Yes please. Go blue Mr. Pike.
|6 years 1 week ago||BLASPHEMY!!!||
Gentlemen, send him to Bolivia!!!!
|6 years 1 week ago||We were also 1.5 point dogs||
We were also 1.5 point dogs to Tennessee today....
|6 years 1 week ago||Hey Let's talk about||
Hey Let's talk about Tennessee and Bruce Pearl instaed of Michigan.....assholes
EFF Charles Barkley
|6 years 1 week ago||I'll take Hampton....||
I'll take Hampton....
|6 years 1 week ago||Just so you all know the||
Just so you all know the Vegas spread was tennessee by 1.5.......
|6 years 1 week ago||STTTTTUUUU!||
|6 years 1 week ago||Confidence building||
Confidence building game.
This could go a long way in helping us shock the world against duke
|6 years 1 week ago||What's the record for worst||
What's the record for worst FG percentage in a half?? UT has to be dangerously close right now...
|6 years 1 week ago||STU, looking fresh w that||
STU, looking fresh w that haircut
|6 years 1 week ago||There's something happening||
There's something happening in my pants....
|6 years 1 week ago||Break their backs, right here||
Break their backs, right here
|6 years 1 week ago||BROKEN!||
|6 years 1 week ago||NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO||
|6 years 1 week ago||So Harris doesn't =||
So Harris doesn't = Sullinger?
|6 years 1 week ago||Camera Angles||
|6 years 1 week ago||I'd say most of their talent||
I'd say most of their talent will leave when bruce gets canned...
|6 years 1 week ago||To Bolivia||
|6 years 1 week ago||Halftime w/ a lead, without||
Halftime w/ a lead, without hardaway or morgan for the better part of the half....I'll take it
|6 years 1 week ago||GET THE FUCK OFF MY COURT||
GET THE FUCK OFF MY COURT HOPSON
|6 years 1 week ago||3's have all been close, if||
3's have all been close, if they start to drop in the 2nd half, lookout
|6 years 1 week ago||VOGRICH....becoming a player||
VOGRICH....becoming a player for us, good to see
|6 years 1 week ago||MAKE THEM BEAT US FROM DEEP.||
MAKE THEM BEAT US FROM DEEP.
|6 years 1 week ago||BATABOOOOM||
|6 years 1 week ago||Sweet Triple||
Sweet Triple Post
almost as good as Vogrich....
|6 years 1 week ago||MORE 1-3-1!||
|6 years 1 week ago||Foul disparity looks bad, but||
Foul disparity looks bad, but we aren't doing anything to help ourselves on the offensive end. Darius needs to penetrate and get to the rack or kick, haven't seen much of that this game
|6 years 1 week ago||That clock can't tick fast||
That clock can't tick fast enough right now
|6 years 1 week ago||Yeah baby, gotta keep||
Yeah baby, gotta keep tennessee shooting mid to long range jumpers and we will be fine.
|6 years 1 week ago||Wow, these refs blow. no||
Wow, these refs blow. no call on tennesse when they clobber smotryc, but morris can't stand his ground in the post? bs
|6 years 1 week ago||236||
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Don't forget||
Yes Irving is talented. Yes he makes duke deeper. But he hasn't played with them all year. Chemistry on the court is a big cotributor to winning. Him playing does not necessarily doom us in the second round, as He might not even play more than 10-15 minutes. We have played tight games with the best in the country, we are due to win one arent we?
|6 years 2 weeks ago||I'm a rookie...||
I'm a rookie...
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Not sure who is worse at||
Not sure who is worse at seeding, Lunardi or this selection committee?
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Somebody not named Michigan||
Somebody not named Michigan is going to get boned hard at the end of this....Gonna be a controversial tourney selection if you ask me..... HTF is Georgia a 10 seed? and Penn State got the draw I was hoping for.....
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Fuck off Kellog. Douchebag.||
Fuck off Kellog. Douchebag.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Beat tSIO and we have a great||
Beat tSIO and we have a great chance of claiming our first B10T title in a very long time, catapulting our MBB program to the next level. Go. Blue!
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Let's hope Stu isn't guarding||
Let's hope Stu isn't guarding the shooter....
|6 years 2 weeks ago||FUUUUUCKKKK YESSS!!!!!!!||
|6 years 4 weeks ago||B10 Tourney||
First of all, beat Sparty. Secondly, If that happens and Illinois loses to Indiana, guess who would play each other in the B10 Tourney?? Michigan vs. MSU in the 4/5 game. I'd rather that didn't happen, although it would be oh so sweet to beat sparty 3 times in one season and single handedly eliminate them from the B10 tourney and from consideration from the dance. Not to mention it would boost our resume quite nicely to end the season.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Ugly Game of the Night||
So far has to go to Kansas Texas A&M. It's 6-4 with 10:49 left in the half....on pace to be about 26-15 for a final....
|6 years 6 weeks ago||All about our defense.||
Offense returns essentially everyone, minus schilling. If Borges is a good enough coordinator to adapt his offensive style to denard and play at a similar level to last year, we will be golden. Defense should see huge strides, so think top 20 offense and hopefully a top 70 defense. If we had a defense and special teams last year we could have won 9 or 10 games. Hopefully that number is actually reached this year. My prediction 12-2 with a bowl win. Optimistic? Yes. Reachable? I think so.
|6 years 8 weeks ago||That little guy??? I wouldn't||
That little guy??? I wouldn't worry about that little guy....
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Who||
Who are these clowns commentating? They want to get Novak the ball on the 3 pt line up 2 w/ 33 seconds left. YOU GO HARD TO THE RACK, WE ARE IN DOUBLE BONUS IF WE GET FOUL.ED. Oh and they have been up sparty's ass all night......GO BLUE!
I stand corrected haha STTTTTTTTTUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
|6 years 9 weeks ago||TMFC||
TMFC = The Motha Fuckin Closer
Seriously though this whole staff has done work the last few weeks. Go Blue!
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Just googled "angry Danny||
Just googled "angry Danny hope" and a picture of Roy roundtrees smiling face appeared haha
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Idk about everyone else.....||
But I'm looking forward to not hiding in the corner muttering positive statements to myself when our kicking team runs onto the field.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Thanks man||
So glad that I log onto Mgoblog multiple times per day.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Negged for being||
Negged for being sarcastically negative? who would have thought. We will soon return to landing 5* ESPNU 150 prospects, have no fear. I do believe that Brady Hoke is going to do an excellent job closing this years class. He certainly seems to know that we are lacking on the defensive side of the football, and he and Mattison are doing their best to right the ship. Keep up the good work fellas
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Not good Enough||
I want 5*s.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Protection||
From the Angry Michigan Secondary Hating god......Keep em coming, we can never have enough....
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Big Ten ESPNU 150||
I feel like someone kicked me in the nuts.
Here's the updated ESPNU 150 player rankings. Nebraska's Green is the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit, coming in at No. 11 nationally.
Other Big Ten recruits listed include:
No. 30: DE Steve Miller, Ohio State
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Good Call.||
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Unemployment||
He's unemployed, and we have some money to throw around....
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Sad also||
Sad also to see him go. Hopefully this situation will give him 2 more years at starting QB, the time to catch up with his academics, and the time to mature in all aspects, no just football. Best of luck to Tate.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||I speak for everyone||
I think I speak for everyone when I say Brian is the man, and thank you for your hard work.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Uconn made our secondary look||
Uconn made our secondary look functional this year. Espn has Cincy at #40 Pass Offense, WVU #62, Pitt #70, Lville #78, and on down. I dare say our Pass D could have been top 100. Florida offer is impressive, and considering our situation, I would happy w/ the hire.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Agreed||
Agreed. Uconn made our secondary look functional this year. Espn has Cincy at #40 Pass Offense, WVU #62, Pitt #70, Lville #78, and on down. I dare say our Pass D could have been top 100. Florida offer is impressive, and considering our situation, I would happy w/ the hire.
|6 years 12 weeks ago||Jaggerbombs||
I'm bout to angerbang some poor girl from the bar. Dave Brandon has influenced me to make bad decisions to forget about his bad decisions. Here's to hoping for a bright future for our beloved wolverines and that DB has an ace up his sleeve.
|6 years 12 weeks ago||Drew sharp||
Why the hell is this clown on sportscenter? What a joke.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Better cal than Oregon. Snake||
Better cal than Oregon. Snake oil comes in january.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Hopeful||
He has lots of recruits (both committed and considering) that we could potentially poach.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Link|
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Courtney Avery||
And He is growin dreds for his junior and senior seasons. Seriously though, the kid was playing QB in high school a year ago. Showed flashes of great man coverage toward the end of the year. My bet is he makes a huge leap in the weight room, as well as in coverage and tackling
|6 years 17 weeks ago||IF||
If we fired rr I hope he takes the Indiana job and beats our ass in a few years. Most o the fan base wanted him to fail from the beginning, but let's face it, he is a Michigan man. He makes the right decisions on player health and discipline over doing whatever it takes to win ballgames. He pulled denard against Illinois in a pivotal game when he showed concussion symptoms, and he made hagerup stay home for the biggest game of the year. That prick from east Lansing would have suspended him after the rivalry game. My point is that I hate the way rr was treated from day one, I think it's bullshit the way this fanbase has treated him. Is it too much to ask to support your team and your coach and not hope for Michigan to lose so that we have an excuse to fire a guy who was never given a fair chance? Bring richrod back in 2011. I'll be the first one to tell to admit if we have a bad year he should resign, but he deserves one more shot. He might just (unpleasantly for some haters) surprise you.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Lost #1||
He's already lost the #1 jersey for next year in the first 20 minutes of this game
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Considering our current RB||
Considering our current RB rotation, I would say it depends on if he develops as our #1 back by next fall. If so, obviously he will not be returning punts. If he is the # 2 or 3 back, I would love to see him back there.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||And I know we are young Which||
And I know we are young Which is part of the reason tackling has been bad, but it's no excuse for Wisconsin running 32 of 33 times and still scoring 24 points on us in the second half. Thats all because wisconsin was bigger and more physical than our 3-3-5. 8 guys under 240 versus 7 guys over 285. I'll give you one guess who wins that battle in the ground game. I support richrods fully but he needs to give up on the scheme. For those of you who want him gone, think about what happens when our d is competent and we out up 40 points a game. We have won six of seven games with nothing but an explosive but young and mistake prone offense. That offense has a full year under their belt and the defense returns nearly everyone next year. The future is bright. Buck. The. Fuckeyes.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||None of us know||
What's going on with the defense. Is it gerg or is it richrod constantly in his ear about this 3-3-5 nonsense. We saw how the 3-3-5 works against Wisconsin. I'll be nice and call it ineffective. Bottom line we need a scheme change 4-3, 3-4, multiple, as well as a total defensive overhaul and richrod needs to stay away from our d. Tackling had been bad, reads have been awful, Guys aren't developing (Ezeh, etc.), which is on Gerg and the d staff. And can we please get a special teams coach and find a kicker?
|6 years 18 weeks ago||WHY||
DO THESE OFFICIALS BLOW CLOSE PLAYS DEAD. That was 6 for Fresno. Now they get nothing because the stupid ass ref blows it dead.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||EMU||
EMU? That's all I've got haha. PLZ no more competitive FCS schools.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||INJURIES INJURIES INJURIES||
Does no one think that playing @ND, @OSU, @Nebraska, neutral Alabama, MSU, IOWA, B10 Championship is hard enough? That's going to result in a lot of injuries. Schedule some patty cakes so guys have a chance to heal before big games. Trust me that schedule right there with 2 cupcakes is a top 10 Strength of schedule. Why add another top 25 team and make it No. 1 SOS. Does no one want to play for a national title when denard is a senior and we have a veteran group?
|6 years 18 weeks ago||EXACTLY||
Don't forget this will be Denards senior year and we will finally finally finally be a veteran group!
Why schedule 2 (Maybe 3 if ND improves by then) OOC games??? The big ten slate is hard enough. We will be playing AT LEAST 5 top 25 teams, @Nebraska, @ OSU, @ ND, MSU, IOWA, neutral ALABAMA, B10 championship. 3 of those teams will likely be in the top 10 (NEB, OSU, Bama). Even with a veteran group it's highly unlikely that any team could get through that schedule unscathed. Why add another and make it virtually impossible? Not to mention the injury situation. Healthy teams are a must if you are going to win in the big ten, and scheduling 2 or 3 top 25 OOC teams is a great way to get players hurt and give them no time to rest before the long haul of the b10 slate.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||I see your point, but with a||
I see your point, but with a veteran group in 2012, I would love to have a shot at a national title. Lose 1 of these games and you are ok, but lose 2 and you are out of the picture. playing 5 top 25 opponents is enough to jack up your strength of schedule (especially with the road games and an additional road game @ ND who i am not counting in the top 25. Look at BSU, they play cupcakes all year and 2 top 25 opponents and they are #3 in the nation. Granted, they won't be playing for a Nat'l barring a miracle. Play 5 top 25 teams with a 6th in the B10 Championship game and you are almost guaranteed a spot in the Nat'l title with a B10 title win and 1 loss throughout the regular season. Another top 25 team does nothing for you if you lose, other than hurt you. Schedule a cuppy cake and get an additional easy win. Also, think about INJURIES that come from playing good physical teams. We could use a cuppy cake or 2 with the brutal schedule we have to REST.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Athletic Trainer perspective||
I'm an athletic trainer, and the doctors saying the surgery was successful is obviously a good sign. I believe (and correct me if i'm wrong) that T-Wolf had ligament damage after a dislocated ankle that had to be repaired. Think of it like an ACL surgery, where the ligament is replaced, but it's in a less crucial joint. The acl is tough to come back from because of confidence in cutting and loss of quad and hamstring muscle after surgery. It takes a while to get those muscles back, no matter how hard you work. With the ankle, the muscles surrounding the joint are much smaller and less powerful, which means that they can be restored to full strength in less time. Vincent smith tore his acl in the last game of the year, and he was back approximately 9 months later, and seems to be almost at full strength 1 year later. Troy was injured in August, so he will have a full year to recover from a lesser injury. Another aspect to factor in is that with the knee, the bracing system is less than perfect. Some docs believe the knee braces help, while others do not. For an ankle, tape and or bracing can significantly strengthen the joint. Troy's biggest challenge is getting full range of motion back in the joint, which should already be done at this point. WIth the medical staff at UM and his attitude, he should be back for spring practices and we should see minimal evidence (other than a taped ankle) that the injury ever occured next fall.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Agreed||
I would really love to see this team take care of the ball this week. 5 turnovers in the last 2 games has to stop.
- b/c of denard turnovers - will cause me to question why RR isn't encourage him to scramble more when the pass plays aren't there (and switch the ball the outside arm when running), and think about how short of a leash he will have next week vs tOSU
- in a close game, will cuase me to think about what could have been
-in a blowout will cause me to be sad for the rest of the evening, and be very scared of tosu
A win will cause me to kick myself in the ass for not spending the 5 or 600 dollars to fly into AA and watch the most important win for this program in the RR era.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Ummm||
a couple top 10 teams would consist of @ Nebraska, @ OSU, neutral vs Bama. Not to mention we play MSU, Iowa at home. I would rather not play 3 top 10 and 6 top 25 teams in on season. 5 top 25 teams is enough, not to mention we will have to play the B10 championship game if we get that far. So potentially, if we schedule another OOC top 25 team, we could play 7 ranked opponents in one year, including 3 in the top 10 on the road or at a neutral site. No thank you, give me western kentucky and eastern michigan please.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Call your own penalties as||
Call your own penalties as well?
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Florida bowl means I get to||
Florida bowl means I get to attend, As well as some more talented high school kids from the state of Florida. Positive situation all around. Go blue, beat the badgers and solidify our Florida bowl.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I don't like it either||
Tate only has one option on the roll out. Hemingway doesn't get open we come away empty. I like the rollout but it's gotta be with a couple wr/te options along with the potential to run. Illinois d playcall prevented the run option. Thankfully hemingway busted open.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Dr. Phillips||
Bet the kids from Dr. Philips are pissed they didn't get to come up for this one. Hopefully they at least got to watch it on TV together.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Wow||
Rucker is on the field.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Probably meant it the other way around. If you are going to step into a throw and take a big hit, at least make the throw accurate.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Jacori Harris||
Just got absolutely smoked. Wow.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Recruiting||
Umm, subpar recruiting?
take a look at the espn rankings for the last 3 years. We are moving in the right direction. They're rankings are
Darius Morris (ESPNU100) 90
Smotrycz (ESPNU 100) 94
Hardaway (ESPNU 100) 93
Brundige (ESPNU 100) 96
Burke (ESPNU 100) 95
and we are in the top 3 for amir williams (ESPNU 100) 96.
and glenn robinson (94) is committed for next year already.
We have been lacking big men, but injury to cronin and morgan didn't help. He is on the right track. We've been in the toilet long enough, we can wait a few more years with Beilien.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||As if*****||
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Injury||
Mcl sprains don't require surgery. Risk if reinjury is basically the same as I'd the first injury never occurred. There shouldn't be any long term issues. Think of it like a moderate ankle sprain but with a longer recovery time.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Jernigan||
He was in AA for the game last weekend....did I miss the update or what's the deal with him? I know he is taking the process slow but I was looking forward to some feedback from a highly touted guy at a position of need.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Dreadlocks||
Locks = speed. I like speed.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Maybe||
We should fire Richrod so we can lose Denard and everything our offense has become. I would love to have 2-3 more miserable seasons while we install a new system, which would probably be the exact system Michigan used prior to RichRod (towards the end of the Lloyd Carr era I believe everyone wanted to kill our O coordinator). The University chose a direction for the program to go, stick by it. Our offense is YOUNG and they are already a JUGGERNAUT. The defense is YOUNG and INEXPERIENCED and TERRIBLE. The D can't get any worse, therefore they will improve each year, and we should see a significant improvement next year. Not to mention our schedule next year consists of OSU, ND, Nebraska, @MSU, @IOWA. With another year of experience this is a VERY managable schedule. And if I'm not clear I'm talking a legitimate shot at getting to the Big Ten Title Game. When is the last time we had that type of expectation? Freshman grow most with game experience and SPRING PRACTICE. Most of our secondary has the game experience, but have never been through a spring practice. If I told you all we were 5-1 at this point in the season 7 weeks ago you would have came in your pants with joy.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Recruiting||
I want Denard pasted all over ESPN. It's MICHIGAN MICHIGAN MICHIGAN and DENARD DENARD DENARD AND IT'S GREAT GREAT GREAT for our recruiting.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Bottom Line||
I think RR needs to stay, as long as we won't completely collapse the rest of the season. If we can get to 8-4, or even 7-5, I think RR HAS TO STAY. I know some of you probably think going 3-5 in the big ten and 7-5 overall is the doom of RR, so here are some reasons for my opinion.
1) Offense. We have pretty much won every game this year (minus UConn) solely on the shoulders of our offense. They have been incredible this season (minus TOs versus state). Everyone seems to forget how young our offense is because of the success they've had. Next year we return EVERYONE but Schilling and Dorrestein. Excited? Hail. Yes.
2) Dilithium. Another year under his belt + another offseason of working his balls off to improve as a passer + infectious work ethic = ridiculous success next year. I love this kid and his mental attitude toward the game. True team player.
2) Defense. Our defense can only get better next year (IF Martin doesn't jump to the NFL). Christian, Avery, Talbott, Carvin should all be redshirting, but because of the MIchigan Secondary hating God, they are getting significant playing time. We get Woolfolk back, we lose Rodgers, Mouton, Ezeh, Banks. Enter Jibreel Black, Sophomore CBs with game experience/a year under their belt, and PLEASE GOD an assignment sound LB core. I would love to see Kovacs at LB next year. If Martin stays, out defense should be at least average next year, which sadly is a BIG improvement.
3) Schedule. Next year we play @ State, @ Iowa, @ Northwestern. Those are our 3 most difficult road games. States D loses some key players. Iowa loses Stanzi, Clayborn, others. Northwestern is northwestern and I expect a win there. Home games include, OSU, Nebraska, ND. No Wisconsin or Penn State on the schedule.
4) Set Back. This offense is ridiculous. We have seen the success it can have. The defense will only improve with the kids we have recruited. The coaches are working hard to get tons of good defensive recruits. If we hire a new coach with a new system, players leave, recruits decommit, and the program faces a setback.
The rest of the Year. Penn State game looks more winnable every week. Illinois is showing vast improvement, but I believe that is a game that we can/should win. Purdue showed signs of life last weekend, but they have too many injuries to beat us this year. Iowa/Wisconsin are games that we can win if we play well and protect the football. OSU is a toss-up, probably a loss, but no one ever knows with this game. I think the advantages of keeping RR far outweight the disadvantages. We chose the direction of this program 3 years ago. The spread is finally installed, and half of our team is complete. Think about what happens when the defense can hold their own in 2 to 3 years (hopefully next year as well). I get wood just thinking about it.
* I know this should be its own thread, but i'm new to the board and haven't figured out just how to do that yet*