The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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- Offensive line -- protection and RB opportunities; from that will come passing opportunities.
- Defensive line -- disrupt, disrupt, disrupt
|1 hour 29 min ago||I get that your premise is to||
I get that your premise is to go off of just last night, but yeah, its early.
Agree, it's early. And thanks for understanding the post and playing along.
The thing about Green is he's had plenty of time to establish himself ... and hasn't. New OC, new RB coach, new HC ... and he's down the depth chart. That does not bode well.
The thing about David is he's a scholarship kicker. That's a scholarship slot I'm nearly certain Harbaugh would love to get back. That's the particular pressure David is under.
Morris -- yeah, I wasn't serious about the one camera shot. But put yourself in his shoes. He has to be wondering when or if he'll get his chance. Next year he has to face another transfer in O'Korn, plus Gentry. And did anyone happen to notice the similarities between Utah's QB Travis Wilson and Zach Genty? Both tall, agile QBs.
|1 hour 41 min ago||When did I say it was based||
When did I say it was based on last night's game only?
You didn't; I didn't imply that. I was suggesting a thought exercise.
|1 hour 54 min ago||this game felt like an NBC||
this game felt like an NBC Notre Dame game.
Ouch ... that'll leave a mark.
NBC Notre Dame games are unwatchable.
|2 hours 28 min ago||Interesting thought -- which||
Interesting thought -- which players, based on nothing but last night's game, do the tea leaves bode ill?
Derrick Green -- reasons cited above
Andrew David -- scholarship kicker is third on depth behind two walk ons
Shane Morris -- brief camera shot of him on sideline showed one upset young man
|2 hours 36 min ago||Last night's result was||
Last night's result was disappointing; it was not discouraging.
That is well put.
I'm sure that is exactly the mindset the coaches are taking into the film room and practices this week.
|2 hours 37 min ago||Yes, a loss. But in a loss||
Yes, a loss. But in a loss can be seen the seeds of future good.
Just like -- in the opposite -- the win against Akron in 2013 showed the dark shadows of what was to come. "A win is a win" people said. True, but the signs were there about how bad 2013 and part of 2014 was to be.
If Michigan comes out and lays eggs against Oregon State, UNLV and BYU, then I'll admit I'm wrong. But right now, I'm seeing things that indicate success later.
|3 hours 35 min ago||I'm guessing you're not a||
I'm guessing you're not a plumber.
|4 hours 17 min ago||Some random positive||
Some random positive thoughts:
o No sacks given up ... when was the last game we had that?
o Walk-on kicker Allen boomed kickoffs out of endzone, and even his missed FG had distance.
o O'Neill only punted three times, and he looked really good each time. (ST play on that punt that pinned Utah deep was a damn thing of beauty ... even fooled the cameraman.)
o I think Peppers came to a point in 2H last night where he relaxed and said, "Fuck it, I'm just going to play football." Jabrill playing loose is going to be quite something to watch.
o I love the fact Jourdan Lewis is out there quietly being superb.
o After the pick-6 Michigan didn't quit. That's a testament to the team, and to the coaches.
o I have no doubt whatsoever that Harbaugh and staff know what to do, and we'll see some really good improvement game 1 to game 2.
|5 hours 44 min ago||Agree ... Kenny Allen did not||
Agree ... Kenny Allen did not look horrible. That missed FG had the distance, just off by a bit.
His kickoffs were all out of the endzone.
He gets some confidence under his belt and he may be okay.
|6 hours 23 min ago||The second one looked||
The second one looked catchable to me. Not by diving, but by Chesson staying in high gear and getting under that ball. To my eye it looked like he took his foot off the gas the last few steps as the ball was coming down.
|14 hours 30 min ago||I could definetly see an||
I could definetly see an identity.
Agree. The word that kept coming to my mind was "coherent."
|14 hours 40 min ago||"Great" is a bit much. But||
"Great" is a bit much. But at times, good.
Three interceptions isn't acceptable, but as others have said, two of those are as much on the receiver as on Ruddock.
The first overthrown deep ball was Ruddock. Probably jitters.
The second I'm not convinced was uncatchable. I thought I saw Chesson slowing up his last step or two. If he would have reached for his top gear as the ball was coming down he might well have gotten under that.
Ruddock's completions were for the most part quick and decisive. Except for the deep balls he put the ball where it was supposed to be. Plus, Ruddock stood in the pocket. And unlike Gardner, he kept his eyes on the field as he dropped back.
I think Harbaugh exhibited a lot of class in the post-game press conference by accentuating the positives and being honest about areas where more work is needed.
This team has all the markings of a team that will progress across the season to its natural ceiling. It's natural ceiling is *not* great, but it will be pretty good.
We are in way better shape than we were this time last year.
|15 hours 38 min ago||Prior to last Michigan TD I||
Prior to last Michigan TD I thought to myself, "Here's where we see if they fight, or give up."
Last year they would have given up. This year they did not.
I'm convinced Michigan could win this if they played again next week.
Very unfortunate first game mistakes. Clean those up and this becomes a good team. Not great, yet, but good.
|15 hours 51 min ago||Jourdan Lewis continues to be||
Jourdan Lewis continues to be solid
|18 hours 33 min ago||Mike Pererra reminds me of||
Mike Pererra reminds me of Bill Kennedy at the Movies.
|21 hours 6 min ago||Are you at the stadium? Is||
Are you at the stadium? Is that your photo?
|21 hours 18 min ago||A former girlfriend was a UNC||
A former girlfriend was a UNC graduate and pretty snooty about it. That was 25 years ago, but I will never forget her attitude. So, Go Gamecocks!
(Spurrier looks ... disinterested, or tired, or something.)
|1 day 2 hours ago||"No cortical function is||
"No cortical function is required to cheer when the ball moves forward and boo when it does not."
I like this. Quick ... get this on a T-shirt.
"I almost don’t care if Michigan wins or loses."
I hate you.
"Michigan 28, Utah 17"
I love you again.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Choose?||
You're making me choose between the two?! :-)
|1 day 4 hours ago||There is nothing like the||
There is nothing like the thrill and drama of a close and well-played college football game.
Nothing. No other sport comes close.
Worth it? Hell yes.
|1 day 7 hours ago||It ain't a GIF party without||
It ain't a GIF party without Alison Brie. Just sayin'.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Diamond||
AHHHH THROW YOUR DIAMOND IN THE SKY IF YOU FEEL THE VIBE.
Oh, I feel the vibe. But I'd prefer not to throw my diamond in the sky. But thanks for the suggestion.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I am relatively sanguine||
I am relatively sanguine about this position ...
That's one of them fancy words. :-)
I come to MGoBlog for football ... I leave with a better vocabulary!
|2 days 1 hour ago||I will keep half an eye on||
I will keep half an eye on the UofA game, but I suspect this to be all Arizona. I doubt Bellomy will play for UTSA. But knowing something about the game will let me speak cogently at the water cooler the next day.
The other game this weekend I'm curious about is Florida. They're playing a cupcake (New Mexico State), but it's their first step out of the darkness with a new coach. Florida wins, but will we see anything like a glimmer of what might be?
Agree about Pac-12 South. Last year my adopted school to follow was UCLA. I can't bring myself to root for USC ever.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Arizona hosting UTSA is||
Arizona hosting UTSA is interesting, but not compelling.
Interesting because UTSA is where Russell Bellomy transferred to.
Interesting because UTSA damn near beat Arizona last year in San Antonio. This year it's Tucson.
But not compelling because it falls smack against Meeechigan game!!!
|2 days 1 hour ago||Truth||
Amara Darboh == Amara Darboh
Well, that settles it. :-)
|2 days 2 hours ago||Keys||
Stipulate that limiting turnovers is a given.
If we change to this to "keys of the game" ... then:
Offensively I'd love the story to be: "Utah could not stop Michigan's relentless drives."
Defensively I'd love the story to be: "Michigan's front four were in the backfield all night." I'd be okay with our secondary scoring zero tackles if it means it's all happening up front.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Well five or six years ago||
Well five or six years ago you weren't a P5 program.
Exactly right ... there was a time when Utah was not really part of the college football conversation. Urban Meyer changed that quite a bit when he was there; Utah's joining the PAC-12 changed it a bunch.
Still, that said, it's hardly controversial to say that Michigan is not bigger than their Pac-12 rivals. The last time Michigan was part of the top-tier discussion was 2006. It's been a very dry last seven or eight years. But ... Harbaugh!
Go Blue. Let's start the turnaround tomorrow evenin.
|2 days 6 hours ago||That moment when her eyes||
That moment when her eyes lock on the camera and the smile emerges ... priceless.
This never gets old.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Wow ... well, good for him.||
Wow ... well, good for him.
He's also listed on the kick returner depth chart.