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- MSU 45 - 7 over Jacksonville St.
- Minn 42 - 20 over E. Illinois
- Rutgers 41 - 38 over Washington St.
- PSU 26 - 24 over UCF
- Illinois 28 - 17 over Youngstown St.
- Indiana 28 - 10 over Indiana St.
- Iowa 31 - 23 over Northern Iowa
- OSU 34 - 17 over Navy
- Purdue 43 - 34 over W. Michigan
- Michigan 52 - 14 over App. St.
- Clark did some good things.
- Peppers is very important and not easily replaceable.
- DL is good, but not yet great.
- Mattison probably didn't reveal everything. Which is very wise.
- Special teams isn't defense, but I think ST will be greatly improved this year, both in going after their punts, and in returning punts and kickoffs.
- I don't recall a ton of plays with Bolden. Or Ross.
- Waiting to see how things go with Ryan.
- Will really want to see the UFR.
- The secondary is the real strength.
- OL greatly improved. If Glasgow is our best lineman, that's a good sign.
- OL needs lots of reps.
- Funchess is #1. Will open things up for the whole offense.
- No QB controversy. About time.
- Want to see more receivers involved.
- Nice to see Hill get a catch. Butt coming back will open things up for TE position.
- RB's did a nice job. Think the OL last year was most of the problem for the RB's.
- Loved seeing Chesson on ST and blocking.
- Have great doubts about Gardner running.
- Want Morris to get as many reps as possible. He isn't ready yet.
- Want Nuss to keep as much as possible under wraps . . . until needed against MSU.
- OLine. Rep, rep, rep. Then some more.
- Running game. (Are there holes? Can they get through them?)
- Passing: want vanilla, but also want the reps, and the practice for OL in Pass Pro.
- DL. Want them to destroy.
- LB. Want them to destroy.
- Secondary. Want them to score.
- Sp. Teams. Want them to eliminate return yards from ASU.
- Sp. Teams. Want them to generate return yards on ASU.
- Want a shut out.
- Once we are up by 30 points, want the starters to rest unless there is a very good reason for them to play.
|4 hours 56 min ago||What about Cole?||
What about Cole? I think the reality is probably going to be:
Glasgow or Miller at Center,
Whichever three of Cole, Mags, Kalis, and Braden are able to fend Glasgow off, or conversely, sitting whichever of Cole, Mags, Kalis, and Braden most clearly improves the team by creating a spot for Glasgow.
The thing is, I believe that Glasgow is going to start on the OL. If Miller is good enough at centes, Glasgow will shift to another position on the line. We basically have six starters for five positions. Glasgow is the most versatile, and if anyone is injured, he could be the first one to fill the position.
|5 hours 14 min ago||Can't judge from ASU||
You can't judge the OL and Funk from the ASU game. If the OL opens holes and dominates form Miami through Rutgers, holds its own against ND, PSU, and doesn't collapse against MSU, we can start talking about Funk.
The truth is, the cratering of OL recruiting under RR set Michigan way, way back. Borges dealt with this situation badly, but it was beyond Funk or Borges or Hoke to get much more out the OL last year. The only reason we are in a decent place is because Hoke (& Funk) have been given time. And yes, Nuss is simplifying in a good way.
|12 hours 14 min ago||I'm fine either way||
I'm fine either way (posting, or being "scooped.") I almost always enjoy reading Michigan Monday, although last year got brutal in many of the games after ND. Regarding not putting it up myself, it really just means that I had a good labor day weekend, with more than plenty to do with family, kids, chores, church, and outings.
Regarding the content, there really wasn't a lot, through no fault of writer Tony Gerdeman. He summed it up himself by saying
I think we all agree that we'll know a lot more about Michigan after the likes of ND, PSU, and MSU. ASU was one of those twinkie games, a tasty snack, a sacrificial lamb. Both schools had a fine financial payday. Really, though, it is little more than a glorified scrimmage and a pre-season non-game.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Time for Seth and mods to take some action||
Time for Seth and mods to take some action. They need to moderate this and video record it. Or, they could have a pregame lemon eating viewing party.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Irrational Exuberance||
I'll always be a Michigan homer. The game yesterday was fun. But Michigan has a lot more to do to be considered a "great" team, imhe. There is some "Irrational Exuberance" going on here.
It isn't that I think they'll do poorly. I actually believe that 11 - 1 is quite possible. But to predict a sure victory in E.L., "write it in stone?" Based on curb stomping a clearly inferior opponent yesterday? I'm just not there. I tend to think that we're not good enough to run through every game with no losses, even though I'm not quite sure who will beat us. Although, I think the Spartans are more likely to beat Michigan than not.
I have consistently held that the OL would be a great improvement over last year, but not yet great. Yesterday showed us the possibilities. But the DL at both MSU and OSU is a different animal. We now have a fighting chance. But it is hubris and folly to think Michigan has proven much of anything with it's victory yesterday.
It is better not to get too high, nor too low, while still greatly enjoying the ride and the journey.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Whoever Hoke & Nuss chooses||
Whoever Hoke & Nuss chooses. I guess my choice would be for the NCAA to approve Ty Isaac and for him to start, but I'm not holding my breathe.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Ok, you've got me convinced.||
Ok, you've got me convinced. You are dogged, persistent, and persuasive. The Badgers will win, and that will change the perception of the B1G. The new SEC.
|3 days 2 hours ago||I don't know.||
I don't know.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Really? You have some strong feelings on this.||
Really? You have some strong feelings on this.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Do you really think so? I'm not so sure.||
Do you really think so? I'm not so sure.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Big 10 is undefeated so far this year!||
So, as of 4pm, the Big 10 is undefeated this year!
It seems very unlikely that we end the day undefeated, but it actually is stiill a real possibility. That would be a first (obv., with 14 teams,) but still, that would be very rare, and a great thing.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Confirmation Bias||
So I'm one of the crazy Koolaid drinkers. I have posted several times that I think we go 11 - 1 regular season, with a loss to MSU knocking us out of the Big 10 Championship game.
Seeing this game and the OSU game is confirmation for me on this prediction. I think we will win every game against every team this year except for MSU. And actually, right now, I feel better about our chances in E. Lansing than I have so far. Now, beating OSU in Columbus would be cause for a real posbang. Beating ASU was fun, but really, this was a scrimmage, this was an appetizer, this was some cheese and crackers. It's a little bit like a pro team not breaking out the champagne just because you win your division, or an early round of the playoffs. Winning is a great thing. Beating ND, PSU, MSU, & OSU, especially the last two . . . now that is a thing worthy of celebrating. That's steak and lobster and Disneyworld and a big cash bonus. That's what we're in this for.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Good time to get their feet wet||
Good time to get their feet wet. Wanted a shut out, but the reality is that PT for 2nd & 3rd string is more important than first string reps.
|3 days 3 hours ago||We've killed our demons||
Michigan is now .500 against ASU. And that record will remain into perpetuity, because we aren't ever scheduling them again.
|3 days 3 hours ago||He has turf toe||
He has turf toe. He contracted aerosolized Ebola. He sprained his knee. His ligaments are pulled. His muscles cramped up. And were strained. Hoke will report all of this as a minor boo boo.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Many things||
|3 days 4 hours ago||Funchess #1 - Confirmed by first half play||
Funchess is #1, as it should be. I watched all of them, starting with AC. Funchess is a man among boys. The 3 TD's in the first half didn't just happen because of the level of the opposition. He is going to be a monster, a beast, against almost all cornerbacks out there. Because of his play, this is going to help the OL and the running game tremendously.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Like Jim & Dan||
Frank Beckmann was great, but what a great thing to have Dan Dierdorf in the booth. No complaints at all.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Listen to Jim & Dan||
You can stream it through mgoblue.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Not Bad||
No one is going to be completely happy about how they are represented, but pretty good overall. Guess for me it underscores why I'm still not that thrilled about Maryland and Rutgers (let alone Nebraska and Penn State.) I always liked the Great Lakes region, and all those teams stretch it beyond the ability to drive to a game.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Great piece||
What a nice thing to read. The Punt / Counterpunt didn't match, but who cares. Both fun to read.
Regarding the "Punt" piece, and thoughts on Brandon, it helped me to crystallize some things. Football is just a game. With all the money and amenities and stuff, it is just a game. There's something simple and pure and cathartic and fun about a game like football. That's part of what makes Hoke great. He's a big goofy kid with a twinkle in his eye who cares for the kids and wants them to enjoy the game. Brandon can make things nice, we're ok with that. But when the stuff around the football becomes too commercial and too jaded and too plastic, we're not happy. I'm juxtaposing this in my mind with the gif of fireworks over the Rose Bowl that Brian . . . liked. Fireworks and hot dogs and brats and bands and apple cider and a warm Fall day and a good game, it doesn't get better than that. Rihanna and Superbowl and jumbotron scoreboards and massive speakers with massive rock pounding in your ears and Chevy and Ford and AT&T and $1,000 seats glassed away with furs and leather and armani, not so much.
Heiko . . . I loved his piece. What an awesome guy, managing to do reporting 3 years while a med student. I missed him. This will guarantee I read this all season long. I also missed his banter with Al. Al Borges. . . I liked him, and the OL debacle completely undid him. It is really sad, and Al didn't compensate for the youth and inexperience of the line. What can you do. As I read this, I think that Al compounded the problem (see what Brian wrote,) but if there had been an experienced OL, with good OL recruiting, I think Al would have been fine. C'est la vie. Nuss is good, and if we can manage to have a great year and still keep Nuss for two years, it will really set Michigan up fine.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Happy for Maize and Blue||
I'm happy for you, Maize and Blue. Enjoy the game. Enjoy time with your son. Only advice: don't let the too cool crowd and the whiners get to you. They'll always be there in life. That's the way it goes.
|3 days 23 hours ago||The Coaches Know||
The coaches know who they want and need. Roseboro is a great example . . . they were on to him before he was ranked as highly as he is now. They are doing a great job of assessing talent and moving forward.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Several Things||
|4 days 3 hours ago||You are right . . . but also a day late.||
Love the impression, especially when I first saw it here yesterday. You really need to page down to posts at least 24 - 48 hours earlier. (FTR, didn't neg you.)
|4 days 6 hours ago||Well obviously Ty Isaac||
Well obviously Ty Isaac is a similar situation. Except, we are the beneficiary there instead of the school losing out.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Agree with you, mostly||
I agree with you for the most part, but with one caveat. Between NC State and Michigan, the choice seems obvious. But that's really limiting the choice. Roseboro could go to South Carolina or Clemson and be about 2 hours from home. He could go to Georgia or Tennessee and be only 3 hours away. If you go by the number of players a school is sending to the NFL (your argument above,) there are plenty of places where Roseboro could go, work to accomplish his dream, and be closer to home.
At the end of the day, you need to go to a place where you're comfortable that will help you achieve your goals and dreams. If that's Michigan, wonderful. If someplace closer can do the same, I would understand.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Crap - want Roseboro most of all||
At this point, I want Roseboro more than any other remaining recruit. When you have a beast or two at that position, it changes the whole complexion of the game.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I'm using Chrome too||
Maybe it isn't really fixed. Dunno . . . those are the worst kinds of problems, when they work some of the time, but not all of the time, and in some circumstances (platforms?) but not others. Still, it hasn't worked for me at all for a long time, so this seems like at least some improvement.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Trying to be charitable||
I'm trying to be charitable. But yeah, I thought it had been quite a while since it work. I had kind of given up hope they would ever get it right. It's a great small thing to have working again. I like that this is one of the best blogs out there, and like for things to work the way they're intended to work.