the DL vs Wiscy.. who to play/where

the DL vs Wiscy.. who to play/where

Submitted by maizedandconfused on November 17th, 2010 at 3:57 PM

So, just read the UFR. Patterson seems to be competent at NT against Purdue. 

I realize this means little with respect to Wiscy, but I feel I would be remiss to not think about the possiblities..

Sageese and Banks are marginal players in my opinion, few mistakes few outstanding plays... So. the question is. 

Do we chance a shaded 4 man front with Patterson at NT/DT, Martin at the 3 tech and RVB at the strong DE and Roh at the weak? I really feel against Wiscy that key will be limiting 1st down plays to less than 3 yards (dont have stats but im guessing they run alot).. if they gash us there consistently, well be in serious trouble. We don't have the foot-speed to recover on playaction. 

Alternatively, you could put RVB at the weak DE, Martin at the Strong and Patterson at NT with Roh with his hand on the ground for a 3-3-5 look of sorts. 

So, who do we start/switch to, and how do we react if Wiscy is pushing us around.

Patience required: Years needed to get down the basics

Patience required: Years needed to get down the basics

Submitted by StephenRKass on November 17th, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I was just reading an article about Wisconsin over at Scout. ( I was struck by one quote:

Bret Bielema and his staff are so thorough about such things, he saw rainy weather in last week's forecast and required the team's specialists to do a ton of "wet-ball drills."

The article focuses on how well Wisconsin protects the ball, but it made me think of something else. I remember how frustrated RR was in the Spring of 2008, and his comments on how many basics it was going to take a lot of time to get to the point of being second nature. I also think to our deer-in-the-headlights true freshmen in the defensive secondary, and how steep their learning curve is. And I remember Brian commenting on the coaching stability at Iowa, allowing them to learn schemes extremely well, because they don't change a lot.

With all we are doing, I think Michigan still doesn't have the luxury to spend lots of time on "wet ball drills." The coaching staff is cramming so much stuff in to our team, there is sensory and cognitive overload.

My question: how many years does it take for the team to learn the basics? When does the game slow down for everyone, not just the QB's? I'm hoping that we see this in 2011. However, just this week, RR was quoted saying that it has taken longer than he anticipated for the team to get where they are now. I'm starting to think that we won't really be clicking on all cylinders, in every aspect of the program, until the 2012 season. That's how long it will take for the basics, from tackling to route running, from QB reads to secondary schemes, to become second nature.

Ho Jeeze: Please No Rain for Ann Arbor on Saturday

Ho Jeeze: Please No Rain for Ann Arbor on Saturday

Submitted by markusr2007 on November 17th, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I wish I could send some southern California weather to Ann Arbor for Saturday, but it looks like it'll be cool, dry and with only 10% chance of rain, so thank Christ for that.

Wisconsin is fully aware of Michigan's struggles to hang on to the damn football this year (and last year, and the year before that). 

Bret Bielema:

"Bottom line, on Saturday Indiana had some turnovers and we didn't. I think it was a point of emphasis that our guys carried forward to the game. Michigan had five turnovers on Saturday, and I know our guys will be aware of it."

Also from the MJS article:

Michigan is 1-2 at home in Big Ten play. The losses came in consecutive weeks - 34-17 to Michigan State and 38-28 to Iowa.   The common factors in the two losses: Michigan couldn't stop the run and couldn't protect the football.

How true that is - and not a little bit depressing.

Lewan Showing Concussion Symptoms

Lewan Showing Concussion Symptoms

Submitted by DreadPower on November 17th, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Per Angelique Chengelis' Twitter:

"RR says Mouton and Martin practiced Tuesday. Doing better. Taylor Lewan & Shaw dealing with concussion-like symptoms."

"UM right tackle Dorrestein is fine. If Lewan can't go, Mark Huyge, who has started for Dorrestein, could start at LT."

I knew about Shaw but this is the first I have heard anything about Lewan. Let's hope they're both alright.

Brandon's thoughts on the BCS

Brandon's thoughts on the BCS

Submitted by Blue_Sox on November 17th, 2010 at 12:59 PM

This is DB's first entry into his new blog on In short, he thinks the system works well because every week is essentially a playoff game in his view. I don't agree with this because, well, what happens when you have multiple undefeated teams? And is the "hysteria" he says is created surrounding college football good when a lot of people aren't satisfied with the outcome? 

These arguments have been hashed out a lot. Nonetheless, I think it's good to have an AD who will be this open about communicating his thoughts to the people that follow the program. This new blog combined with his new Twitter account (!/DaveBrandonAD) are good efforts to communicate with fans in ways most AD's around the country won't. 

Money seems to be on UM in Wisc game.

Money seems to be on UM in Wisc game.

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 17th, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I thought it was interesting that the line has moved from Wisc -5.5 to Wisc -4 in the last day.   For those of you who are not gamblers that is a pretty big swing during the middle of the week.  This is especially surprising given the news attention being on Wisc scoring 83 points last week. 

Anybody have any theories on why this could have moved so much?  My only thought was the news of J. Clay maybe not being ready to play. 


Sammy Watkins, and WR depth

Sammy Watkins, and WR depth

Submitted by Jon Benke on November 17th, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Now that Dallas Crawford is blue, my question on his teammate Sammy Watkins is rather simple...  With the depth UM is bringing back; Roundtree, Hemingway, Stonum, Odoms, not to mention Ricardo Miller and Je'Ron Stokes, what are the odds that Sammy Watkins plays from day one?  I know he's highly ranked - Scout's #2 WR - but is he so good that he'd jump over Miller/Stokes/Grady, and see the field from day one?  Could our depth hurt us here?

What is considered an acceptable post topic?

What is considered an acceptable post topic?

Submitted by mGrowOld on November 17th, 2010 at 12:30 PM

This morning I posted an open question on why DB had not yet given RR a contract extension yet.  I didn't use any of the famed banned terms, didn't swear and I think used reasonably correct grammer and punctuation.  The topic had a lot of interest based upon the number of responses and the posts were seemingly all well thought out and expressed a variety of different viewpoints on the question. In short, it was exactly why I posted it in the first place - to get the thoughts of my fellow bloggers and hear their opinions on my "why" question.

And then it was pulled down by the Mods.  Why?  What protocol did it violate?  I really want to know because for the life of me it seemed a whole lot more relevant to me than a lot of the stuff that's allowed to stay up on the board.

A Day of Remembrance

A Day of Remembrance

Submitted by MGoShoe on November 17th, 2010 at 12:13 PM

On this, the fourth anniversary of Glenn "Bo" Schembechler's passing, please visit all or some of the following links, then share your thoughts and other relevant links in the comments section.


Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler, Jr.

(April 1, 1929 – November 17, 2006)

UW-IU before Chappell out

UW-IU before Chappell out

Submitted by Rasmus on November 17th, 2010 at 11:54 AM

The score was 17-10 Wisconsin, with Indiana having missed a field goal on Chappell's last drive. The stats:

Indiana: 7 first downs, 95 yards rushing, 62 yards passing (8 of 14, one TD)

Wisconsin: 7 first downs, 93 yards rushing, 46 yards passing (4 of 7)

Even if you count the Wisconsin drive (2 plays, 66 yards) after Chappell got hurt, before his replacement fumbled the first snap, it's still not a total blowout, 24-10 with Indiana moving the ball effectively (that is, 24-17 at the half would have been possible).

In short, Wisconsin is good, but the fact they blew out Indiana and we did not (42-35) probably doesn't mean as much as might seem. If Chappell is in for the whole game, it's much closer, with Wisconsin winning by at most 20.